West Nile virus found in east valley mosquitoes for first time in 2019, officials say

From the Desert Sun
May 10, 2019

West Nile virus has been detected for the first time this year in mosquitoes in the eastern Coachella Valley, officials said Friday. 

Four mosquito samples collected in Coachella, Indio and Thermal tested positive for the virus, which can be transmitted to humans through a bite, according to the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Most infected with the virus won’t become sick, officials said. Some end up suffering flu-like symptoms while others will require hospitalization. It can also be fatal.

The positive samples were collected at three locations: Avenue 54 and Shady Lane in Coachella, Avenue 43 and Golf Center Parkway in Indio and Avenue 60 and Tyler Street in Thermal.

As a result of the virus being detected, officials will post signs in the areas near the traps and increase inspections.

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