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West Nile Virus Spreads Through Coachella Valley

The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District received confirmation from UC Davis on Tuesday 19 more West Nile virus positive mosquito samples, bringing the total in the Coachella Valley to 32.

In addition, 3 chickens tested positive for the virus.

The mosquito samples were taken from traps located south of Mecca and the North and West Shore areas of the Salton Sea.

“Based on the current climate, estimated mosquito populations, virus activity in mosquitoes and chickens, dead bird reports and human cases we are in the Emergency Planning mode,” said Scientific Operations Manager, Jeremy Wittie.

On a 4-point scale he rates it as a 3.2.

For more information on where the mosquitoes were found, click here.

KESQ News Team

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