St Louis Encephalitis detected in mosquitoes in Mecca

July 5, 2018

Mosquitoes in Mecca tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis, the first detection of the virus in the Coachella Valley this year, local vector control officials reported today.

The mosquitoes were recently found in three traps near the intersections of Johnson Street and Avenue 70 and Colfax Street and Avenue 71, according to the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District.

The discovery follows five recent detections of West Nile virus in mosquitoes found in Palm Desert and Indian Wells, which led to increased mosquito spraying and trapping in those cities.

District officials warned residents to watch out during the early morning and evening hours, when mosquitoes are most active. 

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