From Coachella Valley MVCD
May 10, 2019
Four samples of mosquitoes collected from traps in Coachella, Indio, and Thermal tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). They are the first mosquitoes in 2019 to test positive for the virus in the Coachella Valley. The positive samples contained mosquitoes from traps located near the following locations: Avenue 53 and Shady Lane in Coachella; Avenue 43 and Golf Center Parkway in Indio; and Avenue 60 and Tyler Street in Thermal. Virus testing was conducted in the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District lab.
District staff will post disease notification signs in communities located near the trap locations and will intensify mosquito surveillance with an increase in traps and inspections for mosquito breeding sites. Technicians will also carry out larval and adult control as necessary in the surrounding area in an effort to reduce the number of mosquitoes and interrupt further transmission of the virus.