Aedes aegypti mosquito detected in Mecca

October 11, 2017

MECCA, Calif. – Mecca has become the latest city in the valley to be detected with the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District detected three adult mosquitoes and 37 mosquito larvae in a Mecca neighborhood that were identified as an invasive mosquito species capable of transmitting serious viruses such as chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever, and Zika.

While these viruses are not currently transmitted locally, the District is taking steps to reduce the spread of this mosquito throughout the Coachella Valley.

Beginning Oct. 16, the District will conduct increased trapping in the area to evaluate the extent of the infestation and technicians will start a door-to-door campaign searching for standing water sources in people’s backyard where this mosquito species commonly lays eggs.

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