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WEST NILE VIRUS DETECTED IN PALM DESERT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2019

Post Date:06/17/2019

MOSQUITO AND VIRUS CONTROL UPDATE

For Immediate Release:                                                      Contact:
June 17, 2019                                                                      Tammy Gordon
Public Information Officer
(760) 342-8287 or (760) 296-2905

WEST NILE VIRUS DETECTED IN PALM DESERT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2019

Adult mosquito control applications scheduled in Indio, La Quinta, and Palm Springs this week.

 
INDIO, CA, JUNE 17, 2019:Mosquitoes continue to test positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in the Coachella Valley. Mosquitoes collected from traps near Monterey Avenue and Hovley Lane tested positive for the virus, the first virus detection in Palm Desert this year. In an effort to reduce mosquitoes and the risk of transmission of mosquito-borne viruses to people, the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District will carry out targeted control methods where infected mosquitoes were trapped.
 
INDIO:Truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) are scheduled Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 19-21. Applications are planned between 2:00 and 6:00 a.m., weather permitting, but could take place anytime between 8:00 p.m. (the evening prior) and 8:00 a.m. Barrier applications will also be carried out in some areas during day.WHERE:The application area is within Highway 111, Madison Street, Avenue 48, and Jefferson Street.
 
LA QUINTA:Truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) and barrier applications are scheduled Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 19-21. Applications are planned between 2:00 and 6:00 a.m., weather permitting, but could take place anytime between 8:00 p.m. (the evening prior) and 8:00 a.m.WHERE:The application area is within Avenue 54, Monroe Street, Avenue 58, and Madison Street.
 
PALM SPRINGS:Barrier applications are scheduled during the day, as needed.WHERE:The application area is within Mesquite Avenue, Gene Autry Trail, north of Tahquitz Creek, and around Demuth Park.
 
ULV applications involve emitting a fine mist to target flying adult mosquitoes. Barrier applications involve the misting of standing, tall, non-flowering vegetation, targeting adult mosquitoes as they rest in those protected areas. All control products used by the District are registered by the Environmental Protection Agency for the purpose of controlling mosquitoes and protecting public health.
 
The products are applied according to label instructions by trained and certified technicians. Although mosquito control pesticides and the techniques used pose low risks, the District recommends that people who want to avoid exposure as a best practice, stay inside or away from the application area during and for 30 minutes following the application. For more information during treatment, please call (760) 541-2057. During regular office hours Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. the public may call (760) 342-8287. Please refer to the District’s website for updated application routes athttp://www.cvmvcd.org/controlactivities.htm.
 
Since June 12, 24 more samples of mosquitoes collected from District traps have tested positive for WNV from areas across the valley. This brings the total WNV positive samples to 132 for 2019. See the table for details.

 
District staff will post mosquito control application notification signs in communities and will continue surveillance and inspections for standing water sources where mosquitoes lay eggs. District staff will also carry out larval and adult mosquito control as necessary in an effort to reduce the number of mosquitoes and interrupt further transmission of the virus. Staff has been contacting communities and public gathering places in locations with new virus activity to share WNV information to further the community’s alertness of the activity.
 
WNV is transmitted to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Most infected people will have no symptoms, but others develop fever, headaches, and body aches; hospitalization is required in some cases, and in rare cases the disease is fatal. Since there is currently no cure for WNV, preventing mosquito bites is the best defense.
 
Young children, people over 50 years old, and individuals with lowered immune systems are at greater risk of experiencing more severe symptoms when infected. Anyone with symptoms should contact their health care provider.
 
Prevent mosquito bites:
·Avoid going outside in the hours around dawn and dusk when mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile virus are most active.
·Wear EPA registered ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 to exposed skin and/or clothing (as directed on the product label).
·Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when mosquitoes are most active.
·Be sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
 
Prevent mosquitoes around your home:
·Inspect yards for standing water sources and drain water that may have collected under potted plants, in bird baths, discarded tires, and any other items that could collect water.
·Check your rain gutters and lawn drains to make sure they aren’t holding water and debris.
·Clean and scrub bird baths and pet watering dishes weekly.
·Check and clean any new potted plant containers that you bring home because they may have eggs. Some mosquito eggs can remain viable in dry areas for months.
 
Please contact the District at (760) 342-8287 to report mosquito problems, request mosquitofish, and report neglected pools or standing water where mosquitoes breed. Dead birds should be reported to the California Department of Public Health at (877) 968-2473 or online athttp://westnile.ca.gov/report_wnv.php.Visit us online atwww.cvmvcd.orgto obtain more information and submit service requests. For the latest statewide statistics for WNV activity, please visithttp://westnile.ca.gov.

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