Mosquitoes test postitive for West Nile VirusMonday, June 04, 2012 By Lizeth Tizoc-Perez
According to the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District, a total of eight mosquitoes have set off the alarm for Coachella Valley residents. Friday afternoon, they announced the results, along with words of advice to follow in order for residents to have a fighting chance against the virus. The samples were collected from mosquitoes caught in traps in southeast Mecca near Salton Sea. The virus is transmitted to humans by mosquito bites, although most people infected feel close to no illness. However, infants, elderly, and those with weak immune systems should beware, because they're the most affected to the virus. The following are precautions which can be taken to prevent falling ill: • Eliminate standing water because that's where mosquitoes breed. • Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. • Apply insect repellant with EPA-registered active ingredients, such as DEET and Picaridin. • Wear long-sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors. • Have properly fitted and maintained window and door screens.