Additional mosquitoes trapped in the Coachella Valley tested positive for West Nile virus, this time in Cathedral City, officials announced Friday.
The mosquitoes were collected from a trap near 30th Avenue and Date Palm Drive, according to the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District.
The CVMVC on Monday reported the region’s first West Nile virus detection of the year inmosquitoes collected from traps in Palm Desert.
There are no reported human cases in the Coachella Valley of WNV, which is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito.
“If you have a lawn drain, now is the time to clean it,” said Tammy Gordon, a district spokeswoman. “Over time they can sink, holding the water instead of draining it and creating the perfect spot for mosquitoes to breed. We really need your help in removing sources.”
One in five individuals infected with the virus, for which there is no cure, will exhibit symptoms that can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, or a skin rash. The symptoms can last for several days to months.
One in 150 people infected with the virus will require hospitalization. Severe symptoms include high fever, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, coma, paralysis, and possibly death.
Those at greatest risk include seniors and individuals with compromised immune systems.
Mosquito season in Southern California generally spans May to October.
To reduce exposure to West Nile virus, residents are urged to:
— spend as little time as possible outdoors at dawn or dusk, when mosquitoes are generally on the move;
— wear pants and long-sleeved shirts during outdoor activity;
— use insect repellent with the active ingredients DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus;
— ensure door and window screens are fitted properly to keep bugs out; and
— get rid of standing water, aside from pools properly treated with chemicals.
For more information, visit www.cvmosquito.org.
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