A mosquito trap tested positive for the West Nile virus on Nov. 24 in Cedar Park near Sun Chase Boulevard and Cypress Creek Road. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
A mosquito trap tested positive for the West Nile virus on Nov. 24 in Cedar Park near Sun Chase Boulevard and Cypress Creek Road, according to the Williamson County and Cities Health District.
Another positive sample was collected near the HEB center on November 6th.
Seventeen mosquito trap samples tested positive for the West Nile virus in Williamson County this year. This is the largest number of samples reported for the county in any year since the testing program began in 2012.
In 2020, three human cases were reported in the county. According to WCCHD, symptoms include headache, fever, body ache, rash on the trunk of the body, and swollen lymph nodes. People aged 50 and over or people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk for severe symptoms.
“Cooler temperatures extend wet breeding areas for mosquitoes,” said Jason Fritz, director of WCCHD’s Integrated Vector Management Program, in a press release from WCCHD and the City of Cedar Park. “It is highly recommended that you drain standing water in your home outdoors, especially at dusk and dawn, and use insect repellant to protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne diseases.”
It is recommended that you drain standing water, use an EPA-approved insect repellent, and wear long pants and sleeves outdoors.
For more information, visit the WCCHD website and the Texas Department of Health’s West Nile website.