May 31, 2019: MEDIA ADVISORY

WNV Activity Increases; More Mosquito Control Applications Planned

The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District detected 16 mosquito samples with West Nile virus (WNV) this week, bringing the total number of infected mosquito samples to 37 this year. At this time last year, no virus activity had been detected. The infected mosquitoes were collected from District traps in Indio (four samples), Mecca (five samples), North Shore (one sample), Palm Springs (four samples), and Thermal (two samples). There are currently no reported cases of people with WNV in the valley this year, and the District will continue to take steps to reduce the risk of disease transmission to people by infected adult mosquitoes. In addition to the operations already announced, the District has scheduled truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) mosquito control applications in Indio and barrier treatments in Thermal in the area where samples tested positive for WNV.

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