More mosquitoes test positive for WNV

From the Antelope Valley Press
September 1, 2020

PALMDALE —  Mosquitoes collected from various mosquito traps in Palmdale have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). The traps were located near 6th Street East and Avenue R, 20th Street East and Avenue S, and 25th St. East and Avenue R-6.

“So far we have sent in 92 mosquito samples this year, nine of which have been positive for West Nile virus”, District Entomologist Karen Mellor said. “At this time last year, we had five West Nile virus positive samples that were all in Lancaster.”

Mosquito control is a shared responsibility between the District and the residents. Keeping the mosquito population low will reduce the chances of disease transmission and the entire community will benefit from less mosquitoes.

West Nile virus is an endemic in the Antelope Valley. This means that it is regularly found in the Antelope Valley every mosquito season. 

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