Leander mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile

LEANDER, TEXAS - A mosquito sample trapped in Leander earlier this month has tested positive for the West Nile Virus, the City of Leander and Leander Fire Department said Wednesday.

A release from the city stated the sample was taken near Devine Lake Park off Waterfall Avenue on Nov. 3, and the positive results was reported to the city on Nov. 8. Like the other mosquitoes that have tested positive for West Nile in the county this year, the mosquito that tested positive is a southern house mosquito (Culex quinquefasciatus). This mosquito has a range of one mile, and the city said it is the 12th positive sample in Williamson County this year.

Leander will follow practices outlined by the Williamson County and Cities Health District and conduct truck-mounted spraying in the vicinity of the trap. As of Wednesday, the spraying is scheduled to take place over three consecutive nights that start Friday Nov. 11.

The city reminded residents everywhere to be vigilant about protecting themselves from mosquito bites when outdoors and to eliminate areas of standing or stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed.

Williamson County has one probable case of West Nile in 2016.

GO HERE to learn more about West Nile Virus in Texas.

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(© 2016 KVUE)


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