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Fourteen mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus on shores of Salton Sea

COACHELLA - Fourteen mosquitoes taken from the shores of the Salton Sea tested positive for West Nile Virus, it was reported today.

This brings the total number of infected samples found in the Coachella Valley this year to 65, which includes 24 ''sentinel'' chickens set out as a test to catch the virus, the Desert Sun reported today.

The mosquitoes were caught in traps on the northern and western shores of the Salton Sea, according to the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District. No humans caught the disease yet in Riverside County.

The district told the Desert Sun it plans to intensify surveillance and control of mosquito larvae.

Four out of five people who catch the virus never exhibit any symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 20 percent of people who catch the virus come down symptoms such as high fever, migraines, body aches, vomiting, swollen glands and rashes.

The symptoms often last only a few days but can take several weeks to go away, according to the centers.

People are urged to avoid standing water, which acts as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, the primary carrier of the West Nile Virus, the centers stated.


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