A mosquito sample collected last week from the far east side of Brushy Creek Sports Park, located in Cedar Park near the intersection of Brushy Creek Road and Parmer Lane, tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Williamson County and Cities Health District.
The city of Cedar Park is following WCCHD best practices by enhancing monitoring and testing in the city as well as increasing public outreach and education, according to a news release issued today.
The sample, which normally consists of 30-100 mosquitoes, that tested positive was from Southern house mosquitoes, which have a flight radius of about 1 mile, according to WCCHD.
"Especially in light of upcoming Halloween activities 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," according to the release.
A mosquito sample collected from northwest Cedar Park in the area near Veteran’s Park tested positive for West Nile in mid-July. The city reported Aug. 1 that all subsequent tests for the virus had been negative.
At a Williamson County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday, WCCHD Executive Director John Teel said two mosquito samples had tested positive for West Nile Virus—one in Georgetown and one in unincorporated Williamson County. The samples were tested Oct. 24 at the Texas Department of State Health Services lab in Austin, Teel said. There are currently no local reported human cases of West Nile Virus, he said.