June 12, 2019
The number of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus reached new heights in the Coachella Valley this week, vector control officials said Wednesday.
The Coachella Valley Vector Control District collected 29 samples of mosquitoes with the virus in the last week, bringing the total number of positive samples collected this year to 108, according to the district’s Tammy Gordon.
At this time last year, no West Nile-positive mosquitoes had been detected, Gordon said.
The most recent samples were collected from communities across the valley, including Coachella, Indio, Mecca, Thermal and La Quinta.
Gordon said the sample collected from La Quinta marked the first time West Nile virus has been detected in that city so far this year.