West Nile mosquitoes discovered in Palm Springs

May 17, 2019

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.- – Residents urged to take precautions against mosquito bites after two samples of mosquitoes collected from a trap in Palm Springs tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District.

A statement issued Friday morning said these were the first samples of mosquitoes to test positive for the virus in Palm Springs this year. 

The trap was located near the intersection of Mesquite Avenue and Gene Autry Trail. The mosquito samples were tested at the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District laboratory.

District staff will post disease notification signs in neighboring communities and will intensify mosquito surveillance with an increase in traps. A statement said technicians would 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 virus transmission. 

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