West Nile Virus tests negative in Taylor after spraying efforts

TAYLOR, TEXAS - After a Nov. 7 sample tested positive for West Nile Virus in Taylor, Texas, followup samples have tested negative for the virus after spraying efforts in the area.

Taylor officials said the original positive sample was taken in the Robinson Park area, after which the city and the Williamson County and Cities Health District worked together to educate the public and coordinate spraying efforts to rid the area of infected mosquitoes.

The negative lab results received from the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin were given to WCCHD and the city on Monday.

Currently, weekly testing is being conducted on two trap sites until temperatures consistently fall below 60 overnight, WCCHD officials said. The second trap site is located at the Taylor Regional Park and Sports Complex.

“The City is following the Health District’s Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management and together we are prepared to take additional action if it becomes necessary,” said Taylor Fire Chief Pat Ekiss. “We appreciate the cooperation shown between Taylor and WCCHD.”

The spraying took place in the Robinson Park area overnight on Nov. 13 through 15 and the trap was reset on Nov. 16.

“We are always concerned for the public’s safety and are pleased that recent tests on the mosquitoes came back negative for WNV,” said Taylor City Manager Isaac Turner. “I am grateful for the efforts of city staff and the Health District to prevent an outbreak of WNV.”

Officials said no human cases were reported after the Nov. 7 sample tested positive.

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