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West Nile Virus - Mosquitoes Test Positive


Last updated 5/2/2017 at 7:42am

Local vector control officials collected mosquitoes in Thousand Palms which have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District officials announced Monday May, 1 that the positive test result came from a sample of about 30 mosquitoes from a trap located on Varner Road between Cook Street and Monterey Avenue, according to the.

CVMVCD officials say the virus is expected to be active regionally throughout the summer.

"The wet winter and warm temperatures produced more mosquitoes than we usually have at this time of year, so it is not surprising to see virus activity," said Jennifer Henke, CVMVCD laboratory manager. "This means that the virus will be active in the Valley for a long period this summer, which puts people at an increased risk of getting sick."

Vector control officials will be posting disease notification signs in communities near the trap locations and will install more traps.

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