Valley mosquitoes test positive for encephalitis

From News Channel 3
June 20, 2019

Mosquitoes in the eastern Coachella Valley tested positive for St. Louis Encephalitis (SLEV) virus this week, the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District announced Thursday.

Vector Control said the infected mosquitoes were collected from a trap in the Thermal-Oasis area. This is the first time SLEV has tested positive in the Coachella Valley this year.

There were also mosquito samples in the Thermal-Oasis area that tested positive for West Nile Virus. WNV was detected in 37 samples throughout the valley including Coachella, Indio, La Quinta, Mecca, Palm Desert, and Palm Springs. According to Vector Control, there have been 169 WNV positive samples in 2019, the most since 2003.

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