Mosquitoes Infected with West Nile Virus Detected in the Coachella Valley

Samples collected from the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District officials show that 37 mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in the Coachella Valley this year. Although there were no positive samples collected in the City of Indian Wells, positive cases were found in the nearby cities of Palm Springs, Indio and Coachella.

West Nile Virus spreads to humans mainly through the bite of an infected mosquito. In severe cases, the virus can cause high fever, encephalitis, meningitis and in rare cases, death. Anyone with symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.

Do your best to avoid mosquito bites to reduce the chance of infection:

  • Limit time outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active
  • Wear long sleeves and pants and apply mosquito repellent to exposed skin
  • Exclude mosquitoes from home, tent or camper with maintained screen or netting

Eliminate sources of standing water on your property

 Report neglected pools of water to the District at (760) 342-8287

For more information, contact Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District - www.CVMVCD.org 

 

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