Mosquitos that can Transmit Zika Virus Confirmed in Cathedral City

Mosquitos that can Transmit Zika Virus Confirmed in Cathedral City

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The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District will send out “surveillance and control teams” to monitor the infestation.

District laboratory staff confirmed Monday that the mosquitoes were recently found near the intersection of Candlewood Drive and Ramon Road.

The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District will send out “surveillance and control teams” to monitor the infestation, install surveillance traps and conduct door-to-door inspections to uncover and eliminate breeding sites.

Though the mosquitoes are capable of transmitting Zika virus, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever, officials say those viruses are not currently being transmitted in California by mosquitoes.

However, the district will dispatch crews over the next several days to ensure the mosquitoes’ presence does not spread through the region.

“This mosquito aggressively bites people during the day, prefers to breed around the home, and is a mosquito we do not want getting established here in the Coachella Valley,” said CVMVCD General Manager Jeremy Wittie. “Our professional surveillance and control staff will be evaluating the extent of this newly discovered infestation in Cathedral City and respond according to our established invasive Aedes response plan.”

District officials say similar control efforts conducted in Coachella earlier this year have been successful, resulting in no invasive Aedes agypti found in the city over the past four weeks following their initial appearance in May.

Additionally, no aedes agypti mosquitoes were found during a four-week surveillance effort conducted in another area of Cathedral City, according to Wittie.

Travelers returning to the Coachella Valley from areas where dengue, chikungunya or Zika are transmitted should limit their exposure to mosquitoes to reduce the potential of infecting Aedes agypti mosquitoes locally, according to CVMVCD.

Residents were also warned to take measures to prevent breeding sites from developing at their homes, such as draining standing water, checking rain gutters and lawn drains for water, cleaning bird baths and outdoor pet watering dishes, and checking and cleaning potted plant containers brought in from areas that may have Aedes agypti mosquitoes.