Help Prevent West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito-Transmitted Illnesses

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Help Prevent West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito-Transmitted Illnesses

To: UA Community

From:

Harry McDermott, M.D., M.P.H., Sr. Public Health Officer, Campus Health Service
Steve Holland, Chief Risk Officer, Risk Management Services

Subject: Help Prevent West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito-Transmitted Illnesses

Date: August 15, 2018

Summer monsoon rains have arrived! This means it's important to prevent West Nile virus (WNV) and other mosquito-transmitted illnesses (e.g. dengue fever, chikungunya and Zika) by applying Pima County Health Department's Fight the Bite! Day and Night helpful tips, found on the Pima County website and in this brochure

West Nile virus has been endemic in Arizona mosquitoes since 2003, with the season peaking from May through October. In Arizona during 2017, there were 110 confirmed or probable human WNV cases and 8 fatalities. Pima County had 5 confirmed or probable West Nile virus cases. There were 3 travel-associated cases of Zika infection in Maricopa County and no cases of chikungunya in Arizona. UA 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 about UA mosquito management, please visit Risk Management's website.

Mosquito-borne illness is a national and international concern. Travelers are encouraged to review guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, Arizona Department of Health Services and UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

Find travel notices from the CDC and the College of Public Health below: 

 

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