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Vector-borne Disease
Policy and Advocacy

Reducing the spread of vector-borne diseases in Arizona involves educating the public on the dangers of mosquito-borne diseases, such as Dengue and West Nile Virus, and to encourage preventative measures. In addition to education of protective clothing measures, managing our watershed through elimination of standing water will decrease these diseases and make Arizona a healthier place to live.

Learning About Arizona Legislature 

To have your voice heard in Arizona in need to know what bills are being presented and voice your input on those bills.  Signing up for the REQUEST TO SPEAK PROGRAM (RTS) will allow you to do perform this duty in policy formation.   Follow this information to learn how to sign up and navigate the system!

Advocacy Areas to Improve Vector-Borne Disease Management

Storm Water Management

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Infectious diseases are increased in areas of flooding because of agricultural runoff and backing up of sewers which leads to exposure of people to many types of viruses and bacteria that cause illness. Good stormwater management can decrease this by allowing for water to soak into the ground and be soaked up by plants. Infiltrative basins and green infrastructure lessen the stormwater runoff. Getting this water off of roads and sidewalks decreases the cost of maintenance on this infrastructure. This will also lead to traumas that are caused from people crossing flooded areas or massive runoffs that destroy property.

Rainwater Harvesting

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We should see the rain as a resource to harvest and plant this back into the ground by slowing rainwater flow, spreading it out and sinking it into our soil. By not using this technique in our stormwater management flows off residential and commercial areas increase which leads to flooding, accidents, inaccessibility to businesses and standing water. Standing water is prime areas where mosquitoes can reproduce. Using rainwater harvest techniques doesn’t allow for water to stay on the surface for more than 12-24 hours, which decreases disease carrying mosquitoes in neighborhoods. Increasing rainwater harvesting awareness, education and incentives helps decrease many vectorborne diseases as well diarrheal diseases from standing water.

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