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District News 2015

Indio, CA, October 2, 2015:
Two samples of mosquitoes collected this week have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). One sample came from a trap just outside Desert Hot Springs near the corner of Bubbling Wells Road and 18th Avenue. This is the first time virus activity has been detected in this area since early August. The other sample of mosquitoes which tested positive for the virus was collected from a trap near Cook Street and Merle Drive in Palm Desert. This is the first time virus activity has been detected in Palm Desert since mid-August.


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Indio, CA, August 28, 2015:
Four samples of mosquitoes collected this week have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). One sample came from a trap in Bermuda Dunes near the corner of Lima Hall Road and Starlight Lane. This is the first time this year that WNV has been detected in Bermuda Dunes. The other samples which tested positive for the virus were collected from Highway 111 and El Dorado Drive in Indian Wells, and the west shore of the Salton Sea off of Buchanan Street. This brings the total number of WNV-positive mosquito samples this year in the Coachella Valley to 91, making it the second highest number of positive samples detected in the Valley in the last decade.


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Indio, CA, August 19, 2015:
Due to the elevated activity of Saint Louis encephalitis virus (SLE) and West Nile virus (WNV) in the east Valley, the District has scheduled ultra-low volume (ULV) aerial applications to lower the mosquito abundance and reduce the risk of disease transmission to humans by infected adult mosquitoes. The first aerial ULV will take place Thursday, August 20 between 5:00 and 5:30 a.m. in the east Valley from Johnson Street to Colfax Street just south of Avenue 71, and a second aerial application is scheduled Wednesday, August 26, weather permitting.


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Indio, CA, August 7, 2015:
The Riverside County Department of Public Health confirmed that a Thermal resident tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This is the Coachella Valley’s first human case of WNV infection this year, bringing the total number of human cases in Riverside County to three. For further information regarding human cases, please contact the Riverside County Department of Public Health at (951) 358-5107.
In response, the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District will be in the Thermal area to set additional traps, increase larval surveillance to identify mosquito breeding sources, and carry out larval and adult control as necessary in an effort to reduce the number of mosquitoes and interrupt further transmission of the virus.


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Indio, CA, August 5, 2015:
Six samples of mosquitoes collected from traps southeast of Mecca near Buchanan Street and Avenue 76 and Avenue 68, Johnson Street and Avenue 70, and Grant Street and Avenue 71, tested positive for Saint Louis encephalitis virus (SLE). This is the first detection of SLE in California since 2003. The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District lab detected the virus while performing routine testing of mosquito samples. The District sent samples collected late last week to the Center for Vector-borne Diseases at UC Davis for confirmation of the SLE results, which we received Tuesday.


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Indio, CA, July 17, 2015:
West Nile virus continues to spread across the Coachella Valley and has now been detected in the east Valley community of Thermal for the first time this year. Two samples of mosquitoes collected from a District trap near Calle La Lagunita and Avenue 62 near the border of La Quinta tested positive for the virus. Another mosquito sample collected from a trap near Buchanan Street and Avenue 80 also tested positive. This brings the total number of positive mosquito samples to 64 this year in the Coachella Valley, the highest number of mosquito samples in a decade to test positive at this time of year.


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Indio, CA, July 15, 2015:
West Nile virus has been detected in the east Valley communities of Mecca and the North Shore for the first time this year with one positive mosquito sample in each area. An additional sample of mosquitoes collected in La Quinta also tested positive for the virus. This brings the total number of positive mosquito samples to 61 this year in the Coachella Valley. The positive samples from the east Valley were collected from traps located near Hayes Street and Avenue 72 and Buchanan Street and Avenue 68. The positive mosquito sample from La Quinta was collected from a trap near Eisenhower and Coachella Drives.


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Indio, CA, July 1, 2015:
West Nile virus has been detected in Palm Desert for the first time this year with one positive sample. A sample of mosquitoes collected from a District trap near Hovley Lane and Oasis Club Drive tested positive for West Nile virus. This brings the total number of positive mosquito samples to 55 this year in the Coachella Valley. Indio has the most positive samples for 2015 with 36. La Quinta has 16, Indian Wells has one, Palm Desert has one, and the west shore of the Salton Sea also had one mosquito sample test positive at the end of May.


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Indio, CA, June 26, 2015:
West Nile virus has been detected in more mosquito samples this year than in any other year during the same period since the virus was initially detected in the Valley in 2003. The virus was detected in Indian Wells for the first time this year with one positive sample. Additional samples tested positive in Indio and La Quinta. A total of 11 mosquito samples tested yesterday in the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District lab were positive for the virus, bringing the total number of West Nile virus-positive mosquito samples this year to 54. Indio has the most positive samples for 2015 with 36. La Quinta has 16, while Indian Wells and the west shore of the Salton Sea had one positive mosquito sample each. The latest positive samples were collected from traps located near Avenue 48 and Washington Street, Shields Road and Paseo de Norte, Youngs Lane and Avenue 48, Bunker Lane and Wood Lane, Caleo Bay Drive and Dulce del Mar, and Fred Waring and Eldorado Drive.


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Indio, CA, June 10, 2015:
West Nile virus transmission in the Coachella Valley has moved into La Quinta for the first time since 2012. A sample of mosquitoes collected from a District trap near Adams Street and Avenue 48 tested positive for West Nile virus. Three additional mosquito samples in Indio tested positive for the virus from traps located near Avenue 48 between Big Canyon and Monroe Streets.  The mosquitoes were tested at the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District lab Tuesday. This brings the total number of positive mosquito samples to 20 this year in the Coachella Valley. There were no positive mosquito samples in the Coachella Valley at this time last year.


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Indio, CA, May 21, 2015:
Three more samples of mosquitoes tested positive this week for West Nile virus, bringing the total number of positive mosquito samples to seven for 2015. There were no positive mosquito samples in the Coachella Valley at this time last year. The mosquitoes were collected from three District traps, one located near Madison Street and Avenue 46 in Indio, where four mosquito samples tested positive over the last month; one located near Madison Street and Mountain Mesa Drive in Indio; and one near Lincoln Street and Avenue 82 in the West Shore area near the Salton Sea. This is the first time we have detected West Nile virus transmission this year in the West Shore area.


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Indio, CA, April 27, 2015:
A sample of mosquitoes in Indio tested by the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District lab is positive for West Nile virus. They are the first mosquitoes in 2015 to test positive for the virus. This is the first time since 2012 that mosquitoes have tested positive so early in the season in the Coachella Valley when the Valley had five human cases, its highest number of human cases since 2004 when there were seven cases. Mosquitoes from the positive sample were collected from a trap located near the corner of Avenue 46 and Madison Street in Indio.


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Indio, CA, April 17, 2015:
With unusually warm weather Coachella Valley residents may see an increased number of mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus which could pose a greater risk to residents in 2015. The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (CVMVCD) is trapping triple the number of mosquitoes we normally do at this time of year and that could mean earlier detection of West Nile virus. To help get the message out on how to prevent mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases, the California Legislature declared April 19 – 25, 2015 as “West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week in California.”


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Indio, CA, March 20, 2015:
The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (CVMVCD) was one of only three organizations to receive the “2014 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovator Award” from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). The award is considered the department’s highest honor, and organizations are chosen for the award each year based on their work in finding innovative ways to solve pest problems while reducing the use of pesticides.
The award was presented to CVMVCD at a ceremony on Thursday, March 19 at the California Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Sacramento.


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