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FIGHT THE BITE: Monsoon brings out mosquitoes

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During the monsoon, you may notice an increase in the number of those pesky mosquitoes, and some of these insects may be carrying dangerous viruses.

Water is a mosquito’s primary source for breeding, so when the monsoon storms hit, the number of mosquitoes increases.

The Pima County Health Department uses traps to capture the mosquitoes. Next, they monitor and test the insects for the West Nile virus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the West Nile virus has been detected in people, birds, or mosquitoes in 36 states this year, including Arizona. This year, Pima County has not received any confirmed cases.

Nicholas Ramirez, an Environmental Health Supervisor at Pima County Health Department, says that the key to mosquito prevention is getting rid of standing water.

Additionally, Ramirez recommends wearing long sleeves and a DEET-based repellent. Keep windows closed at night, and empty any stagnant water inside or around your home.

Pima County Health Department continues its initiative “Fight the Bite.” You can find more mosquito prevention tips here.

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