Tucson Water is a partner in local “Fight the Bite” efforts to protect residents from the West Nile virus and the Zika virus. Both can be transmitted to humans through bites of infected mosquitoes. The best way to avoid contracting a virus is to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and biting. To avoid being bitten while at the Wetlands:
- Limit time outdoors from dusk until dawn. Mosquitoes are most active during these times. Wear long sleeve shirts and pants when possible.
- Use protection. Use mosquito repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
Pima County Health Department web page on Mosquitoes
Pima County Health Department Mosquito Study Map
Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) web page on Mosquito-Borne Diseases
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) web page on West Nile Virus
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) web page on Zika Virus
UA Researcher Kacey Ernst Maps Potential Risk Areas for Zika (UA News, May 26)
Pima County testing mosquitoes for West Nile and Dengue (KOLD 13, May 19)