June 24, 2019
COACHELLA VALLEY, Calif.- – A historic season has opened to door to possible “epidemic conditions” when it comes to the presence of virus-positive mosquitos in the Coachella Valley, according to a Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (CVMVCD) news release.
District testing has revealed that the mosquito population in the valley is especially high and that there has been an unprecedented number of samples coming up positive for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Saint Louis Encephalitis Virus (SLEV).
More than 180 mosquito samples have tested positive for the diseases in the valley this year. That’s up from only about 25 positive samples detected last year.
“We have the conditions that are right for having people becoming sick,”
CVMVCD is planning a series of ultra-low volume (ULV) applications of mosquito treatments across the valley in an attempt to combat the problem.