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District News 2014

Indio, CA, October 24, 2014:
The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District received confirmation from a California Department of Public Health lab that four sentinel chickens in east Coachella Valley have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) exposure. Two of the sentinel chickens were from a flock in Thermal near Highway 111 and Fillmore Street; one chicken was from a coop near Lincoln Street and Avenue 70; and the other sentinel chicken was from a coop near Highway 86 and Avenue 81. This brings the total number of positive sentinel chickens to 29. We had 25 for the same time last year.


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Indio, CA, October 1, 2014:
Palm Desert is the first urban area in the Coachella Valley where mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) this year. The virus was detected in a sample of 10 mosquitoes collected September 26 from a trap located near the intersection of San Luis Rey Avenue and Ironwood Street. Seven additional mosquito samples tested positive this week for West Nile virus in the Mecca, North Shore, and west shore areas in the east Valley. This brings the total number of West Nile-virus positive mosquito samples to 59 in 2014.


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Indio, CA, September 25, 2014:
West Nile virus (WNV) continues to spread in the Coachella Valley, moving closer to residential areas. Sentinel chickens from 10 coops across the Valley were sampled September 15. A California Department of Public Health lab confirmed September 24 that West Nile virus was detected in six sentinel chickens from a coop located in a densely populated portion of Mecca. West Nile virus was also detected in seven additional samples from sentinel chickens in coops located in another part of Mecca and the North Shore area.      


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Indio, CA, August 29, 2014:
A mosquito sample collected from a trap just east of Desert Hot Springs has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This is the first sign of the virus in the west Valley in 2014. In addition, 19 more mosquito samples tested positive for the virus in the east Valley in the areas bordered by Pierce Street, 66th Avenue, Hayes Street, and the Salton Sea. They were collected from 14 different traps on August 25. The WNV-positive sample from east of Desert Hot Springs was collected August 21 near the intersection of Bubbling Wells Road and 18th Avenue.


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Indio, CA, August 13, 2014:
Three sentinel chickens in eastern Coachella Valley have tested positive for West Nile virus according to the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District. Two of the sentinel chickens which tested positive were from a flock situated near Highway 111 and State Park Road, just north of the Salton Sea. The other sentinel chicken found positive for the virus was from a flock west of the Salton Sea, near 81st Avenue and Highway 86. These are the first sentinel chickens to test positive for the virus this year in the Coachella Valley and the first sign of the virus west of the Salton Sea.


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Indio, CA, August 11, 2014:
The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is pleased to announce that, for the sixth year in a row, CVMVCD has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).


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Indio, CA, August 4, 2014:
The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District received confirmation from the Center for Vectorborne Diseases at UC Davis that four more mosquito samples from the Mecca/North Shore areas tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) bringing the total number of WNV-positive mosquito samples to eight since July 14. Due to the elevated activity of WNV in the east Valley, the District has scheduled ultra-low volume (ULV) ground applications, using truck mounted sprayers to reduce the risk of disease transmission to humans by adult mosquitoes.


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Indio, CA, July 18, 2014:
The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District received confirmation from the Center for Vectorborne Diseases at UC Davis that three mosquito samples from the Coachella Valley tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This is the first sign of WNV transmission in the Valley this year. The positive mosquito samples were collected from two different traps on July 14, 2014 – one located near the corner of Avenue 70 and Garfield Street and the other located near the corner of Avenue 73 and Vander Veer Road.


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Indio, CA, June 11, 2014:
The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District announced today that it has been awarded the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation, making it the second mosquito and vector control district in the state to receive the distinction since the award program began in 2013. The award recognizes special districts that exemplify outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance.


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Indio, CA, April 22, 2014:
The California State Legislature declared April 20 – 26, 2014 as “West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week in California.” The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is taking part in the awareness week by giving presentations to local city councils and community groups, distributing West Nile virus protection and prevention materials to community and senior centers, libraries, and hospitals, including a special “Fight the Bite” publication featuring a West Nile virus survivor, important facts about mosquitoes, favorite breeding spots for mosquitoes, tips on how to protect yourself, and other services offered by the District.  


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