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Coachella - Zika Virus Widespread


Last updated 6/7/2016 at 7:32am

The Aedes aegypti mosquito was detected in Coachella on May 9th and since then, private yards have been inspected and larval and adult control applications applied. Despite ground and air attacks on mosquito breeding grounds, the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control have released a news statement issuing a strong warning. The mosquito that carries the Zika virus, is now considered to be a medium to large infestation.

Adult mosquitoes have been found in 32 trap locations and mosquito larvae were found in 23 locations in the area bordered by Avenue 54, Frederick Street, Cairo Street, and Shady Lane in Coachella.

"After our initial detection of this mosquito last month, we were hoping it was a small, isolated infestation. Unfortunately, our door-to-door inspections have proven otherwise," said Jeremy Wittie, District General Manager. "We have a leveled response plan to address each level of infestation and the next step to contain the spread of the invasive Aedes here is using trucks to carry out ultra-low volume spray applications into yards."


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