July 7, 2015 PHOENIX -- As the state enters monsoon season, the Arizona Department of Health Services is reminding residents to protect themselves and their homes against mosquitoes because of the risk of diseases such as West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis virus, and Western equine encephalitis. Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus in Arizona this season.
- Wear mosquito repellant or long sleeved shirts and pants when outside.
- Check your home for any containers that could hold water after rains or irrigation, including old tires, bottles, drums, and buckets.
- Ensure water-holding containers are covered or turned over to protect them from mosquito eggs.
- Make sure doors and windows have tightly fitted screens. Repair or replace screens with tears or holes in them.
- Clean and change the water in flower vases, birdbaths, planters and animal watering pans at least once a week.
- Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.