Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in North Central Austin

Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus were identified in North Central Austin on July 16. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus were identified in North Central Austin on July 16. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus were identified in North Central Austin on July 16. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Mosquitos have tested positive for the West Nile Virus in Travis County for the first time since 2018, according to Austin Public Health.

APH said in a media release July 16 the mosquitoes were identified in ZIP code 78756, which is located in North Central Austin near Burnet Road and the Brentwood neighborhood.

No mosquitoes tested positive for the virus in Travis County in 2019, APH said in the release, but there were 119 positive pools across the state of Texas.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, about 80% of people who are infected with the West Nile Virus do not feel symptoms. However, about 1 in 5 people develop a fever, and 1 in 150 people develop a severe illness.

On July 9, mosquitoes collected in a trap near the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park tested positive, according to a media release from Williamson County Cities and Health District, and WCCHD said July 16 that mosquitoes caught in two additional traps in the same area also tested positive.


APH said in its July 16 release that the best way to prevent the virus is for property owners to drain as much standing water as possible, reducing the number of places mosquitoes can lay their eggs and breed.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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