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APH reports that the mosquito pool tested positive for West Nile virus

AUSTIN, Texas – Austin Public Health announced Thursday that they have identified a cluster of West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes in an East Austin zip code.


What You Need to Know

  • The Culex mosquito that spreads West Nile virus is most active between dusk and dawn

  • Drain standing water: Mosquitoes breed in standing water and need as little as a teaspoon

  • Wear pants and long sleeves when outside
  • Use an EPA-registered repellent such as those containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, or 2-undecanone.

APH stated that while it has not found any human cases of West Nile virus at this time, the pool of positive mosquitoes confirms that the virus has reached the 78721 zip code of the East Austin community.

Last year, APH confirmed eight positive mosquito pools in Travis County, with 1,515 positive pools in the state of Texas. Seventy-seven cases of West Nile virus have also been confirmed.

“Monitoring mosquito pools is critical to keeping the public informed and safe, especially when many people are spending time outside,” said Marcel Elizondo, Acting Assistant Director of Environmental Health Services. “By eliminating standing water and using prevention tools, we keep ourselves, our families and communities safe.”

West Nile virus, notoriously spread by being bitten by an infected mosquito, is the most common mosquito-borne disease in the US. Older people, as well as people with certain medical conditions, are at greater risk of developing serious complications from this disease.

See here for more information on West Nile virus.

The Austin/Travis County Arbovirus Surveillance Map highlights Austin/Travis County zip codes where one or more mosquito traps have tested positive for West Nile virus. (Austin Public Health/City of Austin)



APH reports that the mosquito pool tested positive for West Nile virus

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