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West Nile Virus – More Positive Samples


Last updated 10/7/2015 at 1:50pm

Despite experts reporting the infection rate to be slowing due to cooler weather approaching, two more mosquito samples collected in the Coachella Valley this week have tested positive for West Nile virus.

This brings the annual total to 96 so far. Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District spokeswoman Jill Oviatt, said the total number of positive tests are the most detected in the valley since 2012 when 110 samples had the virus present.

According to the CVMVCD, positive samples have been detected in Indian Wells, the west shore of the Salton Sea, Desert Hot Springs and Palm Desert.

23 human cases have been reported in the county this year, according to the Riverside County Department of Public Health, with the first human case of West Nile virus in the Coachella Valley for 2015, occurring when a Thermal man tested positive for the disease in early August.

“We are definitely seeing a drop in virus activity as we enter the fall season, but infected mosquitoes are still out there,” Oviatt said in a news release. “As temperatures cool, people will spend more time outdoors and potentially be exposed to infected mosquitoes. We urge people to stay vigilant. Wear insect repellent, cover up, and avoid getting bit.”

The CVMVCD urges people to report mosquito problems and standing water sites by calling (760) 342-8287 or (888) 343-9399.

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