Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus near southwest Williamson County Regional Park

The species that tested positive for West Nile Virus is Culex quinquefasciatus, or the southern house mosquito. This species has a flight range of about one mile. ​(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The species that tested positive for West Nile Virus is Culex quinquefasciatus, or the southern house mosquito. This species has a flight range of about one mile. ​(Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The species that tested positive for West Nile Virus is Culex quinquefasciatus, or the southern house mosquito. This species has a flight range of about one mile. ​(Courtesy Adobe Stock)

A sample of mosquitoes collected from a trap near the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park located in area of FM 1431 and CR 175 has tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to a July 10 news release.

The testing is part of the Williamson County and Cities Health District’s mosquito management program. According to the release, the sample was collected July 9 and the positive test was indicated in a lab result from the Texas Department of State Health Services lab in Austin and reported to WCCHD on July 10. The species that tested positive for West Nile Virus is Culex quinquefasciatus, or the southern house mosquito. This species has a flight range of about one mile. ​


Williamson County parks staff will continue mosquito control efforts with the treatment of standing water with larvacide and WCCHD will continue enhanced monitoring and testing, along with increased public outreach and education, the release said, adding the county is prepared to take additional action if necessary.

"Due to the proximity to outdoor activities at Southwest Williamson County Regional Park and in several nearby neighborhoods, WCCHD is encouraging everyone to be especially vigilant about protecting themselves from mosquito bites when outdoors—and preventing mosquito breeding on their personal property," the release said.

No human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Williamson County since 2017; West Nile Virus should not be confused with other mosquito-borne viruses; and there has been no evidence of mosquitoes transmitting COVID-19.
By Sally Grace Holtgrieve
Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019, and in addition, editor of Leander-Cedar Park in August 2020.


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