The Riverside County Department of Environmental Health received confirmation from the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control testing lab that mosquitoes collected on July 21 from the Nuevo location tested positive for West Nile virus.
It’s not unusual for mosquitoes in parts of Riverside County to test positive for the virus, especially during the Summer. In 2019, three samples out of 655 tested positive for the virus.
The West Nile virus can be transmitted to humans and some animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most individuals who are infected will not experience any illness. Others will have only mild symptoms, such as fever, headache, and body aches. Young children, the elderly, or individuals with lowered immune systems are at greater risk of more severe symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should contact their health care provider.
The department’s vector-control staff has intensified mosquito surveillance, as well as efforts to control adult and larval mosquitoes in this area to reduce the mosquito populations and interrupt the disease transmission cycle.
The Riverside County Department of Environmental Health suggests the following tips to reduce the threat of West Nile virus:
Contact the Riverside County Vector Control program at 951-766-9454 to report mosquito problems, request mosquitofish, and report neglected pools or standing water as potential mosquito sources. For more information, visit www.rivcoeh.org.
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