Mosquitoes can spread pathogens (germs) through bites. A person who gets bitten by a mosquito and gets sick has a mosquito-borne disease, like West Nile virus, dengue, or malaria.
Mosquito Bites Can Be Deadly
Be Prepared Before Mosquito Borne Disease Season Begins!
The Department of Public Health is urging residents to prevent mosquito breeding and avoid mosquito bites in order to avoid disease.
Certain individuals are at higher risk of developing serious illnesses from the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus such as the elderly and those with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and people who have received organ transplants.
Other mosquito-borne diseases that have yet to present local cases, but threaten our community’s health include Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue. All can have devastating effects on those who are infected. At present there is no scientific evidence to suggest mosquitoes spread COVID-19.
El Pasoans can also help ‘fight the bite’ by using these prevention methods:
- DEET – Use insect repellents that contain DEET when outdoors.
- DRESS – Wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.
- DUSK & DAWN – Although mosquitoes associated with Zika can be active throughout the day, residents should take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours (from dusk to dawn) or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.
- DRAIN – Drain standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, and birdbaths. After rains or lawn watering, residents are asked to “tip and toss” any standing water they find outside.
Residents can report mosquito breeding and standing water by calling 3-1-1.
Control Mosquitos Outside Your Home
Remove Standing Water Where Mosquitoes Lay Eggs
- Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.
- Tightly cover water storage containers (buckets, cisterns, rain barrels) so mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs.
- For containers without lids, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
- Fill tree holes to prevent them from filling with water.
- If you have a septic tank, repair cracks or gaps. Cover open vent or plumbing pipes. Use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
Control Mosquitos Inside Your Home
Keep Mosquitoes Out
To keep mosquitoes outside of your home, you can:
- Install or repair and use window and door screens.
- Close doors, including garage doors. Do not leave doors propped open.
- Use air conditioning when possible.
Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species of mosquito.
Zika virus can also spread
- During sex with a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners.
- From a pregnant woman to her fetus during pregnancy or around the time of birth.
Through blood transfusion.
Many people infected with Zika wont’ have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, headache, joint pain, red eyes, and muscle pain. Symptoms can last for several days to a week.
Zika During Pregnancy
Did you know that Zika is a virus that can cause serious problems during pregnancy. Zika infection during pregnancy causes a birth defect called microcephaly and other brain problems.