West Nile virus discovered in mosquitoes in Coachella Valley

From the Desert Sun
June 1, 2020

Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus were discovered in Palm Desert, officials announced today.

The infected mosquitoes were collected from two traps — one near the Shadow Mountain Golf Club on Portola Avenue, and the other near Highway 74 and Mesa View Drive, the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District reported.

“Just one bite from an infected mosquito can make a person sick,” said Tammy Gordon, a district spokeswoman. “We need everyone to cover up and use repellent at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are the most active.”

Vector control officials confirmed there are no reported human cases of West Nile virus in California at the moment.

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