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While monsoon was dry, West Nile threat remains

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Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:30 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

This year's monsoonal moisture may have been a disappointment, but the threat of mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus remains, according to a release from Pima County and Tucson governments.

"The mosquito season isn't over yet, so we cannot afford to become complacent and not pay attention to those important practices that keep our yards free of the pesky biters," the release said.

Officials continue urging citizens to:

• Remove standing water from around our homes or places of business.

• Check the saucer plates under potted plants.

• Empty water from overturned toys, old tires, anything that can hold small amounts of water.

• Be sure screens and windows are in good repair.

• Report to the Health Department's West Nile virus Hot Line at 243-7999 any water that has been standing for four or five days, all mosquito complaints, and abandoned or green swimming pools.

• Report neglected properties, unsecured pools, and excessive trash and debris at 792-CITY (2489).

• Use repellent when outside, especially from dusk to dawn. It should contain DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, Picaridin or IR 3535.

West Nile info

• Pima County Health Department:

www.pimahealth.org/disease/

westnile.html

• City of Tucson: www.tucsonaz.gov/wnv

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