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District News 2013

Indio, CA, October 18, 2013:
The Riverside County Department of Public Health confirmed that a Palm Springs resident has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This is the Coachella Valley’s third human case of WNV infection this year. Last month, two Valley residents tested positive for WNV – one from Palm Springs and the other from the Thermal area. For information regarding human cases, please contact the Riverside County Department of Public Health at (951) 358-5107.


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Indio, CA, September 25, 2013:
The Coachella Valley’s first two human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have been confirmed by the Riverside County Department of Public Health. The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District received confirmation September 24 that a resident in the Thermal area and a Palm Spring resident contracted the virus. In addition to the human cases, six sentinel chickens have tested positive for WNV. The infected sentinel chickens are from four coops located in the east Valley.


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Indio, CA, September 23, 2013:
The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District has detected West Nile virus (WNV) activity in Thermal for the first time this year. A sample of mosquitoes collected from a trap near the intersection of Highway 111 and 57th Avenue tested positive for the virus on September 20. So far this year, 42 mosquito samples and 13 sentinel chickens have tested positive for WNV in the Coachella Valley.


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Indio, CA, September 17, 2013:
Several neighborhoods in Palm Springs are seeing a spike in West Nile virus (WNV) transmission. Four more samples of mosquitoes taken from traps in Palm Springs have tested positive for West Nile virus. The traps were located near the intersections of East Paseo El Mirador and Pasatiempo Road, East Cottonwood Road and North Via Miraleste, East Via Altamira and North Indian Canyon Drive, and East Vista Chino and North Palm Canyon Drive.


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Indio, CA, September 10, 2013:
West Nile virus (WNV) continues to spread in Palm Springs. Another sample of mosquitoes caught in a trap on Camino Monte Vista has tested positive for WNV. This is the fourth sample of mosquitoes that has tested positive for the virus in Palm Springs since July 25th. The other samples were collected from two traps, one near the corner of East Vista Chino and North Palm Canyon Drive and the other near Vereda Sur and North Via Miraleste.


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Indio, CA, September 6, 2013:
West Nile virus (WNV) continues to spread in the Coachella Valley, with eight additional mosquito samples testing positive for the virus this week in the east Valley and one sample testing positive from Palm Springs. This brings the total count of WNV-positive mosquito samples in the Coachella Valley to 30 in 2013. Last year at this time, there were 107 WNV-positive mosquito samples.


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Indio, CA, August 5, 2013:
West Nile virus (WNV) has made its way to the northwest end of the Coachella Valley. For the first time this year, a sample of mosquitoes from Palm Springs tested positive for WNV. This sample contained 41 mosquitoes and was from a trap near the corner of East Vista Chino and North Palm Canyon Drive. Mosquito samples from 11 other traps in areas around the north and middle shores of the Salton Sea also tested positive, bringing the total number of WNV-positive mosquito samples in the Coachella Valley this year to 14.


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Indio, CA, July 26, 2013:
West Nile virus (WNV) is slowly making its appearance northwest of the Salton Sea. A sample of mosquitoes collected from a trap in Indio, near Madison Street and 46th Avenue, has tested positive for WNV. The mosquitoes were collected on July 18 and test results came back July 25 from the Center for Vectorborne Diseases at UC Davis. This is the second mosquito sample to test positive in the Coachella Valley this year.


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Indio, CA, July 11, 2013:
The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District received confirmation from the Center for Vectorborne Diseases at UC Davis that a mosquito sample from the Coachella Valley tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). The mosquito sample was collected on July 1, 2013 from a mosquito trap located just north of the Salton Sea at the corner of 70th Avenue and Johnson Street in Mecca. The trap site is about one mile from the coop where two sentinel chickens tested positive for the virus July 2, which was the first sign of WNV in the Valley this year.


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Indio, CA, July 3, 2013:
The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (CVMVCD) detected West Nile virus (WNV) in blood samples from two sentinel chickens in Eastern Coachella Valley. This is the first indication of WNV transmission in the Valley this year. The sentinel chickens which tested positive were from a sentinel flock near 70th Avenue and Lincoln St., just north of the Salton Sea.


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INDIO, CA, APRIL 19, 2013:
As the Coachella Valley heats up this spring, we will start to experience increased mosquito activity, and with that the increased risk of getting West Nile virus (WNV). To educate Valley residents about the dangers of WNV and what our community can do to protect themselves and their families, the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District will canvass the community next week passing out information and encouraging everyone to take part in “West Nile Virus Awareness Week” April 21-26.


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