Mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile in Cedar Park

Plano officials are warning residents to take precautions against mosquitoes.

Plano officials are warning residents to take precautions against mosquitoes.

A mosquito sample collected near the intersection of Cypress Creek Road and Sun Chase Boulevard in Cedar Park tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to a press release from the city of Cedar Park and the Williamson County and Cities Health District on Tuesday.

The WCCHD has six traps at various locations throughout Cedar Park, according to the release. The species that tested positive is Culex quinquefasciatus, or a southern house mosquito. This species has a flight range of about 1 mile, according to the WCCHD.

The city of Cedar Park is enhancing monitoring and testing in the city as well as increasing public outreach and education, according to the release.

“Especially in light of the positive test sample’s proximity to summertime outdoor activity at Milburn Park and in several nearby neighborhoods, the City and Health District are encouraging everyone to be especially vigilant about protecting themselves from mosquito bites when outdoors—and preventing mosquito breeding on their personal property,” the news release read.

Two mosquito samples collected in the areas near Veteran’s Park and Brushy Creek Sports Park tested positive for West Nile in 2016. A mosquito sample also tested positive in Leander last year near Devine Lake Park.

There are currently no reported human cases of West Nile Virus in Cedar Park, according to the news release.  Williamson County has seen no reported human cases since last fall.

The public is encouraged to eliminate places where mosquitos can breed, use an EPA-approved insect repellent and dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors.
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