Mosquito test positive for West Nile Virus in Cedar Park
CEDAR PARK, TX – A mosquito trap sample in Cedar Park tested positive for the West Nile virus, Williamson County and Cities Health District said Thursday.
The positive test was confirmed Thursday by the Texas Department of State Health Services laboratory in Austin. Officials said the sample was taken from a trap near West Whitestone Boulevard and West New Hope Drive in Cedar Park.
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This is the first time this particular trap has shown positive results for the virus, the county health authorities said. The last date a positive sample was taken elsewhere in Cedar Park was October.
Officials said Williamson County had not reported any cases of the virus in humans this year.
Three people in Travis County contracted the virus this year, although two of the three were exposed outside the area, health officials said.
Mosquitoes are present in central Texas year round, but the population is largest and most active from May to November. During this time, WCCHD monitors the mosquito population and tests for mosquito-borne viruses.
“Cooler temperatures extend wet breeding areas for mosquitoes,” said Jason Fritz, WCCHD Integrated Vector Management Program Lead. “It is highly recommended that you dispose of plenty of standing water around your home and use insect repellant outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk, to protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne diseases.”
The main way to prevent West Nile virus is to reduce the number of mosquitoes where people work and play, officials said.
Health authorities urge everyone to remain vigilant to protect themselves from mosquito bites and prevent mosquitoes from multiplying on their personal property.
Mosquitoes breed in standing water and only need a teaspoon. By draining any standing water sources in and around your property, you will reduce the number of places where mosquitoes can lay their eggs and breed.