According to a press release from the Cochise County health and welfare office, the monsoon brings more mosquitoes out of the country.
The weather increases the risk of developing diseases such as the West Nile virus or the encephalitis virus. They added that more cases of West Nile virus have occurred in some parts of Arizona this year. This is compared to just one case in 2018 and 40 cases in 2017.
"Viruses are transmitted from person to person through an infected mosquito bite – a mosquito bite bites a person infected with the virus and infects itself, then bites healthy people and it gets infected, "it says in the press release.
"Symptoms of the most common illnesses may occur about a week after the bite and may include fever, chills, skin rash, joint / muscle pain, body aches, nausea, and vomiting. For most diseases that are transmitted by mosquitoes, there are no vaccines or cures.
If a mosquito is bitten and these symptoms occur, the district officials advise you to see a doctor immediately to help protect you should:
• Use bug spray, preferably with 30% DEET or stronger. Apply again during the day.
• Make sure that open doors and windows have intact screens.
• Wear long sleeves and long pants outdoors.
• Remove stagnant water around the house and yard (eg old tires, bird baths, pots, children's pool).
• Protect yourself against mosquitoes when traveling to areas where these viruses are prevalent.
For more information on mosquitoes, visit www.azhealth.gov/mosquito