Two human cases of West Nile virus in the Coachella Valley were reported today by the vector control district.
One case is in Mecca and the other in Rancho Mirage, according to the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District, which did not release further information on the people involved.
West Nile is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito. The risk of serious illness to most people is low — less than 1 percent of people infected can develop a neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis, according to the vector control district.
To report mosquito problems, including neglected pools or standing water, call 760-342-8287 or 888-343-9399.