Mosquito trap tests positive for West Nile Virus in Georgetown

Williamson County has not had any reported human infections of West Nile Virus this year. (Courtesy Pexels)
Williamson County has not had any reported human infections of West Nile Virus this year. (Courtesy Pexels)

Williamson County has not had any reported human infections of West Nile Virus this year. (Courtesy Pexels)

The City of Georgetown announced a mosquito trap collected Nov. 30 tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to a Dec. 3 press release.

The positive test result came back Dec. 2 as part of the city’s partnership with the Williamson County and Cities Health District’s Integrated Vector Management program. The sample was collected near Main St. and Third St. and is Williamson County’s third sample that tested positive in the last week. The last time the mosquito trap at this location tested positive was October 2017.



There have been 12 mosquito sample pools that came back positive for West Nile Virus this year in Williamson County, according to the release. There have been no reported human infections of the virus in the county this year. City park staff will continue mosquito control efforts by treating standing water with larvicide, according to the release. WCCHD will continue monitoring and testing for the virus in addition to providing public outreach and education.

The WCCHD is recommending residents drain standing water around their homes to prevent mosquitoes from breeding, according to the release. Common places standing water resides are flowerpots, pet dishes and clogged gutters. It also recommended individuals use EPA-approved insect repellent and wear long-sleeve shirts and pants.

Individuals can learn more about the virus on the Texas Department of State Health Services West Nile website.

By Trent Thompson

Reporter, Austin Metro

Trent joined Community Impact Newspaper as an intern in May 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Texas, Austin in December 2020. In July 2021, he was promoted to Austin Metro reporter. He covers several news beats from education and government to dining, transportation, nonprofits, and healthcare. However, his primary beat is business and development. Before working at CI, Trent wrote for The Daily Texan, UT's daily student newspaper, and worked on many projects of his own for his undergraduate program. In his free time Trent writes poetry, spends time with loved ones, and watches Star Wars for the hundredth time, including other new movies.