Leander mosquito trap tests positive for West Nile virus

A mosquito trap tested positive for West Nile virus Nov. 29 in Leander. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
A mosquito trap tested positive for West Nile virus Nov. 29 in Leander. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

A mosquito trap tested positive for West Nile virus Nov. 29 in Leander. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

A mosquito trap tested positive for West Nile virus Nov. 29 in Leander near Devine Lake Park, according to the Williamson County and Cities Health District.

A positive sample at this testing site was last confirmed in November 2016, according to the Nov. 30 release. This is the health district's 10th positive sample in 2021.


No human cases of the virus have been reported in Williamson County this year, according to WCCHD. There have been 44 reported human cases of the disease in Texas this year, as of Oct. 30. The virus can infect humans, birds, mosquitoes, horses and some other animals, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services, and about 80% of people with the virus do not develop an illness.

Mosquitoes are most active between May and November, according to the health district. It is recommended to drain standing water, use an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved insect repellent, and dress in long pants and sleeves when outside.

More information can be found on WCCHD's website and the Texas Department of State Health Services' West Nile website.
By Taylor Girtman

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.