Mosquitoes In La Quinta Test Positive For West Nile Virus
Aedes aegypti mosquito biting a human hand. The pest spreads West Nile Virus. Photo from Alpha Media USA Portland OR

55 mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in the Coachella Valley in 2022.

The most recent is in La Quinta at Avenue 62 and Monroe Street.

There are now 18 human cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been reported in the California this year.

“Though we can’t often predict where mosquito samples will test positive for disease, we can see patterns start to form and the pattern we are seeing this year is a progression of mosquito positive samples moving westwardly.” said Tammy Gordon, Public Information Manager for the District. “You should invest in – and wear – insect repellent when outdoors.”

The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District will provide truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) mosquito control treatments starting Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, August 22-24, 2022. Applications are planned between 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., weather permitting.

The application area is within the boundaries of Avenue 60, Monroe Street, 62nd Avenue, and Madison Avenue. Residents can check the www.cvmosquito.org for application routes and updated application times.

People over the age of 50 and individuals with lowered immune systems are at greater risk of suffering severe symptoms of WNV.

About West Nile Virus

WNV is spread when a female mosquito bites an infected bird. The mosquito then can become a carrier and transmit the virus to people. Most infected people will have no symptoms. Others will develop fever, headaches, and body aches; hospitalization is required in some cases, and in rare cases, death occurs. People with symptoms should contact their health care provider.

 

Prevent mosquito bites: 

  •     Don’t go outside around dawn and dusk when these mosquitoes are most active.
  •     Wear insect repellent. EPA registered ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 (as directed on the product label).
  •     Cover up. Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants when mosquitoes are most active.
  •     Check window and door screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.

 

Prevent mosquitoes around your home:

  •     Check lawn drains for water and debris. Clean drains regularly.
  •     Inspect yards for standing water sources. Drain water that collects under potted plants, bird baths, tires, and any other water holding containers.
  •     Clean and scrub pet dishes and water features weekly.
  •     Swimming pools, ponds, and fountains require working pumps and regular maintenance.

 

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Aedes aegypti mosquito biting a human hand. The pest spreads West Nile Virus.

Photo from Alpha Media USA Portland OR