Taylor mosquito trap sample tests positive for West Nile Virus

TAYLOR, TEXAS - A sample taken from trapped mosquitoes from a location at Robinson Park has tested positive for West Nile Virus, the City of Taylor announced Thursday.

The city said the sample was taken on Nov. 7 as a part of the city's proactive participation in the Williamson County and Cities Health District's mosquito management program. The positive test was indicated in a lab result from the Texas Department of Health Services in Austin.

Officials said the City of Taylor is undertaking efforts to rid the location of any infected mosquitoes, including following the Health District's Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management, which include: truck-mounted fogging/spraying, enhanced monitoring and testing, and increased public outreach education.

Enhanced control efforts will also continue with treating standing water at Robinson Park with larvacide, the city said.

According to a press release from the city, truck-mounted spraying is planned for three consecutive nights beginning on Nov. 13 through Nov. 15 in the impacted area from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The Health District has set set traps at two locations in Taylor, the city said. This is the first time Taylor has had positive results from the traps, which have been in placed and tested weekly since May 1. No human cases have been reported in the Taylor area since the positive sample, though a Elgin teenager who often participated in Taylor rodeos did die from the virus in 2016.

The City and Health District are encouraging everyone to remain vigilant about mosquito protection and the prevention of breeding. More information on that can be found here.

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