Georgetown mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile Virus

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by KVUE.com

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Posted on November 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM

GEORGETOWN, Texas -- A mosquito sample taken in the 78628 zip code in Georgetown tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the City of Georgetown.

Despite the positive test, no cases of West Nile have been reported in Williamson County this year.

“The positive test was not completely a surprise since there have been other positive mosquito pools and horse cases of West Nile in this region this year,” said Dr. Chip Riggins, the health authority for the Williamson County and Cities Health District. “What is surprising is how late in the season this positive occurred. Mosquito trap counts are already dropping off with the cooler temperatures.”

The test is the first positive out of nearly 100 samples collected in Georgetown since June. The species of mosquito that tested positive has a flight range of about one mile.

The city released the following tips for reducing the risk of bites.

  • Try to stay indoors during dawn and dusk.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants outdoors.
  • Drain any standing water so mosquitos don't have anywhere to breed.
  • Use bug spray with DEET.

For more information on mosquito monitoring and control in Georgetown, go here. For more information on West Nile Virus in Texas, go here.

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