A mosquito sample collected Oct. 11 near downtown Georgetown has tested positive for the West Nile Virus, the Williamson County and Cities Health District said Wednesday.
The positive test result was indicated in lab results WCCHD and the city received Tuesday from the Texas Department of State Health Services lab in Austin. WCCHD said the mosquito that tested positive was Culex quinquefasciatus, also called the Southern house mosquito, and that it was collected from a trap on the north end of the downtown area.
In response, the City of Georgetown is planning to spray insecticide Wednesday night in the vicinity of the positive sample. A pyrethrin-based insecticide will be sprayed from the street and in public parks, weather depending. Pyrethrin is a chemical found in chrysanthemums.
WCCHD and the city added there are currently no human cases of West Nile Virus in Williamson County. People can help prevent mosquitoes from breeding by draining standing water, using an EPA-approved insect repellent and dressing in long sleeves and pants when outdoors.
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