Aedes aegypti mosquito detected in Palm Desert

September 20, 2017

PALM DESERT, Calif. – The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes — capable of transmitting chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever and Zika — has been found in Palm Desert.

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

District teams will be conducting enhanced surveillance in the area to evaluate the extent of the infestation. Technicians will also be going door-to-door searching for standing water sources in people’s backyard where this mosquito species commonly lays eggs.

Technicians will educate residents on how to prevent breeding and also carry out control activities as needed. The door-to-door campaign will be carried out within the area bordered by Fred Waring Drive, Monterey Avenue, Avenida Las Palmas, and Highway 111.

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