The month of October is high mosquito season in Sonora, Mexico and there have been reports of local transmission of dengue and Zika viruses. With the upcoming three-day weekend and many schools on fall break over the next several weeks, it’s important to remind Arizonans about increased mosquito activity in Sonora in the event they are visiting.

If you are visiting Sonora this month, including popular resort destinations like Rocky Point, take precautions to protect you and your family from mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, Zika, and chikungunya:

  • Protect yourself with an EPA-registered insect repellent
  • Apply sunscreen before applying repellent
  • Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Keep doors and windows closed or make sure they are covered with in-tact screens

It’s just as important to protect your community from mosquito-borne diseases when you return to Arizona. After your trip, protect yourself from mosquito bites for three weeks. Whether you’re here in Arizona or traveling abroad, make sure you fight the bite!