Cochise County extends mosquito monitoring program

In its regular meeting April 24, the Cochise County Board of Supervisors approved the continuation of an existing agreement with the Arizona Department of Health Services that monitors disease-carrying mosquitoes.


The program aims to monitor mosquitoes that carry Zika virus.   File photo

In its regular meeting April 24, the Cochise County Board of Supervisors approved the continuation of an existing agreement with the Arizona Department of Health Services that monitors disease-carrying mosquitoes. 

The program aims to monitor mosquitoes that carry Zika virus. Likewise, the local Health & Social Services Department receives $36,000 per year, which allows the sub-contraction with a University of Arizona alumni who assists and provides reports for the program. 

According to public health emergency preparedness director Greg McQuaide, the mosquito monitoring will be expanded to other communities such as Benson, Willcox, St. David, Elfrida and McNeal. 

Meanwhile, the County Board also approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Sierra Vista for building code plan review and inspection services. 

During the same meeting, a new board chair was elected. District 3 Supervisor Peggy Judd will now be District 2’s Supervisor, replacing Ann English. 

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