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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Coachella, Thermal


Last updated 10/13/2017 at 3:59pm

Two human cases of the West Nile virus have been confirmed in Coachella and Thermal, Friday Oct. 13, marking four human cases in the Coachella Valley this year. The first two cases were in La Quinta and in Desert Hot Springs.

The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District are setting additional traps, increasing larval surveillance to identify mosquito breeding sources, and carrying out larval and adult control.

“Mosquito virus activity is dropping as temperatures cool down in the Valley,” Jill Oviatt, the District Public Information Manager, said to CBS News Coachella. “Residents should continue to be vigilant and protect themselves from mosquito bites by covering exposed skin and applying repellent containing EPA-registered ingredients when mosquitoes are active."

A few ways to reduce mosquitoes by draining standing water, installing or repair screens, and applying insect repellent.

On Wednesday Oct. 11, the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District detected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in a Mecca neighborhood.

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