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District News 2016

Indio, CA, November 16, 2016:
The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District has detected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Palm Springs within the area bordered by South Palm Canyon Drive, East Sunny Dunes Road, East Morongo Road and Scenic View Road. District laboratory staff confirmed that the mosquitoes found were an invasive mosquito species capable of transmitting serious viruses such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika...Residents are urged to rid their yards of standing water.


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Indio, CA, October 21, 2016:
A sample of mosquitoes from a trap in La Quinta tested positive for Saint Louis encephalitis virus (SLE), making it the first detection of SLE in that city on record. The trap was located near the corner of Madison Street and Avenue 52. This is also the first virus activity of any kind detected in La Quinta this year.


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Indio, CA, October 18, 2016:
Inspections for the invasive Aedes aegypti mosquito in Indio have detected the species in a 600-acre area. Since the initial detection last week of the invasive Aedes in Indio, the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District have trapped 31 adult mosquitoes in the area bordered by Golf Center Parkway, Avenue 45, Monroe Street, and just south of the I-10 below the Whitewater wash. In an effort to lower the mosquito abundance and if possible eliminate the invasive mosquito species from the area, the District will conduct three days of ultra-low volume (ULV) applications beginning October 19-21 between 3 and 6 a.m., weather permitting, and continue the applications weekly.


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Indio, CA, October 12, 2016:
The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District has detected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in four traps in Indio within the area bordered by East Circle Drive, Palo Verde Street, Emerald Avenue, and Jackson Street. The invasive mosquito species was confirmed by District laboratory staff. District teams will be conducting enhanced surveillance in the area including trapping to evaluate the extent of the infestation. Technicians will also be searching for standing water sources where mosquitoes lay eggs and conducting door-to-door inspections looking for mosquito breeding sites and carrying out control activities as needed.


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Indio, CA, September 19, 2016:
Inspections by the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District have turned up more detections of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Cathedral City.....In an effort to rid Cathedral City of the invasive mosquito, the District will conduct three days of ultra-low volume (ULV) applications in the area bordered by Baristo Road, Sky Blue Water Trail, Ortega Road, and the roads along Cathedral City’s western border. The upcoming application is scheduled September 21-23 between 3 and 6 a.m., weather permitting.


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Indio, CA, September 12, 2016:
The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District has detected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Cathedral City near the intersection of Candlewood Drive and Ramon Road. The species identification was confirmed on September 12, 2016 by District laboratory staff. The District will send out surveillance and control teams to the area over the next several days to evaluate the extent of the infestation by increasing surveillance traps and conducting door to door inspections in the area looking for and eliminating mosquito breeding sites. District staff just concluded an enhanced 4 week surveillance grid in another area of Cathedral City but no invasive Aedes were detected.


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Indio, CA, September 1, 2016:
Fifteen more mosquito samples from eight traps have tested positive for Saint Louis encephalitis (SLE) in Mecca, bringing the total number of SLE-positive mosquito samples to 60 this year. All of the mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus were trapped in Mecca, and most of those positive samples were collected near the North Shore of the Salton Sea. West Nile virus (WNV) has also been active in the Valley this season but hasnít been detected in mosquito samples since early August from the Mecca area.


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Indio, CA, August 12, 2016:
More mosquito samples tested positive this week for Saint Louis encephalitis (SLE) virus and West Nile virus (WNV) in the east Valley bringing the total number of virus-positive mosquito samples in the Coachella Valley to 47 this year. There were 95 virus-positive pools as this time last year.


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Indio, CA, August 11, 2016:
Riverside County Department of Public Health officials announced that a woman from the Coachella Valley tested posted for the Zika virus and contracted the illness during her travels. Following the confirmation of the Zika case, the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District will intensify mosquito surveillance and control efforts in the area in an effort to detect mosquito species known to transmit the Zika virus, suppress mosquito populations, and reduce the risk of potential local virus transmission. Read the Press Release.



Indio, CA, July 29, 2016:
One sample of mosquitoes trapped in Thermal tested positive for Saint Louis encephalitis virus (SLE) near the intersection of Orchid and Avenue 62. Two additional samples of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) from the same trap location. This is the first detection of SLE and WNV this year from Thermal. An additional twelve samples tested positive for SLE from areas of the Eastern Coachella Valley close to previous SLE detection. These samples come from an area south of Mecca from Pierce Street east to Hayes Street and from Avenue 68 to the Salton Sea. In an effort to reduce the number of mosquitoes and interrupt transmission of SLE and WNV, the District will conduct ultra-low volume (ULV) applications in Mecca and Thermal areas where the virus-positive mosquitoes were trapped.


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Indio, CA, July 18, 2016:
Seven samples of mosquitoes trapped in Mecca tested positive for Saint Louis encephalitis virus (SLE) late last week, more than tripling the number of SLE-positive mosquito samples so far this year in the Coachella Valley to 10. Last year at this time, no mosquitoes had tested positive for SLE.  The SLE-positive samples came from mosquitoes in six locations near the intersections of Lincoln Street and Avenues 70, 72, and 73; Buchanan Street and Avenue 72; and Johnson Street and Avenue 70. In an effort to reduce the number of mosquitoes and interrupt transmission of SLE, the District will conduct ultra-low volume (ULV) applications in areas where the virus-positive mosquitoes were trapped.


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Indio, CA, July 7, 2016:
Two more mosquito samples in Palm Springs tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) this week, bringing the total number of WNV-positive mosquito samples to 14 this year. All of the mosquitoes that have tested positive for the virus were trapped in Palm Springs, and most of those were in the vicinity of Demuth Park along Mesquite Avenue... In an effort to reduce the number of mosquitoes and interrupt further transmission of WNV in the area, the District will conduct truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) applications in areas where the virus-positive mosquitoes were trapped. The treatments are scheduled for July 8-10 between 4 and 6 a.m. each morning, weather permitting. The application will take place along the streets bordered by Vella Road, Sunny Dunes Road, Mesquite Avenue, and El Placer Road.


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Indio, CA, July 1, 2016:
Saint Louis encephalitis virus (SLE) is back in the Coachella Valley this summer after reappearing last August for the first time in more than a decade.  Mosquito samples from two traps in different locations in Mecca have tested positive for SLE. The mosquitoes were collected from two District traps, one near the corner of Lincoln Street and Avenue 72 and the other from Hayes Street and Avenue 72. The virus testing was done at the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District lab.
West Nile virus (WNV) was also detected in four more samples of mosquitoes collected from traps in Palm Springs near the corner of Mesquite Avenue and Gene Autry Trail, the same location where WNV was detected in trapped mosquitoes last month. This brings the total number of WNV-positive mosquitoes to 11 for 2016. Last year at this time the district had detected 55 WNV-positive mosquito samples.


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Indio, CA, June 27, 2016:
MEDIA ADVISORY
What: The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District will conduct larval mosquito treatments by helicopter in the City of Coachella where Aedes aegypti, an invasive mosquito species, has been detected. The media are invited to attend the application.
Where: The aerial route will cover 100 acres bordered by Cairo Street, Shady Lane, Valley Road, and Harrison Street. The media staging area to film and photograph the application and to do interviews will be at Dateland Park (Bagdad Ave. and Shady Lane).
When: June 30 at 5 a.m. Media are invited to join District staff at 4:45 a.m. at the park.


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Indio, CA, June 23, 2016:
The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District will conduct three more days of ULV applications in areas where the invasive mosquito species, Aedes aegypti, was detected in the City of Coachella. The upcoming application is scheduled June 24-26 between 2:30 and 5 a.m., weather permitting, and will cover 580 acres in neighborhoods including 1,500 homes and buildings east and west of Harrison Street. Aedes aegypti is capable of transmitting deadly viruses including dengue, chikungunya, Zika, and yellow fever, viruses not currently transmitted in California by mosquitoes.  Weekly applications are likely to continue throughout the summer in the same area and residents are urged to check the District website for details of the application routes and times at http://www.cvmvcd.org/adulticiding.htm.


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Indio, CA, June 16, 2016:
The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District will conduct three more days of truck-mounted ultra-low volume ground applications in Coachella where invasive Aedes mosquitoes continue to infest several neighborhoods. District staff continue to find additional locations of the mosquito during door-to-door inspections, after initially detecting Aedes aegypti last month. The inspection zone has expanded to nearly 1,000 homes and buildings, between Westerfield Way, Shady Lane, Avenue 54, and Van Buren Street, with more than 750 front and back yards inspected to date. District staff are hunting for mosquito larvae and breeding sites, and carrying out larval and adult control treatments as needed.


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Indio, CA, June 6, 2016:
The infestation level of the Aedes aegypti mosquito is now considered to be a medium to large infestation. Since the invasive mosquito species was detected in Coachella May 9, Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control staff have gone door-to-door inspecting yards for mosquito habitats and carrying out larval and adult control applications. So far, more than 500 yards have been inspected with 120 more planned for this week. Adult mosquitoes were found in 32 trap locations and mosquito larvae were found in 23 locations in the area bordered by Avenue 54, Frederick Street, Cairo Street, and Shady Lane.


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Indio, CA, May 13, 2016:
Two samples of mosquitoes in Palm Springs tested by the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District lab are positive for West Nile virus (WNV). They are the first mosquitoes in 2016 to test positive for the virus. Mosquitoes from the positive samples were collected from two traps, one located near the intersection of Yucca Place and Marion Way and the other near the corner of Mesquite Avenue and Vella Road. District staff will post disease notification signs in communities located near the trap locations and will intensify mosquito surveillance with an increase in traps. Technicians will also carry out larval and adult control as necessary in the surrounding area in an effort to reduce the number of mosquitoes and interrupt further transmission of WNV.


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Indio, CA, May 9, 2016:
The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District has detected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Coachella near the intersection of Calle Camacho and Calle Rojo. The species identification was made May 9, 2016 by District laboratory staff and confirmed by the California Department of Public Health. This marks the first detection of Aedes aegypti in the Coachella Valley. The District will be sending out surveillance and control teams to the area over the next several days to evaluate the extent of the infestation and aggressively target problem areas to prevent the spread of these mosquitoes.


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Indio, CA, April 5, 2016:
We’re Running Mosquitoes out of town April 17, 2016! The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is hosting its first ever “Fight the Bite 5K” Run/Walk to raise awareness about existing and emerging dangers to Coachella Valley residents from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases. The race is Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 8 a.m. at the La Quinta Civic Center Park, 78495 Calle Tampico in La Quinta. Register online at www.fightthebite5k.racewire.com.


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