Prevent West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito Transmitted Illnesses - Fight the Bite Day and Night

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Prevent West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito Transmitted Illnesses - Fight the Bite Day and Night

To: The University of Arizona Community

From:

Harry McDermott, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Director, Campus Health Services

Steve Holland, Assistant VP for Risk Management Services

Subject: Prevent West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito Transmitted Illnesses - Fight the Bite Day and Night

Date: May 4, 2016

With the warm weather, comes the return of Tucson's mosquito season and our reminder to the Campus Community to prevent West Nile Virus and other potential mosquito transmitted illnesses (e.g. Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, and Zika) in conjunction with the Pima County Health Department's Fight the Bite! Day and Night efforts. For more info, see: http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=19544.

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito borne virus endemic in Arizona mosquitoes since 2003, with the mosquito season peaking from May through October. In Arizona during 2015, there were 103 confirmed or probable human WNV cases and seven fatalities reported. Pima County had 29 confirmed or probable cases. There have been no locally acquired cases of Chikungunya or Zika infections in Pima County or Arizona.

Facilities Management prevents mosquito breeding on campus by treating outdoor areas of standing water with a safe mosquito larvicide. We ask the campus community to help fight the bite by reporting standing water and mosquito concerns to your building manager or to Facilities Management at (520) 621-3000. 

For additional information and for a flyer to post for building occupants, see: http://risk.arizona.edu/mosquitoes.

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