WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- More areas are being tested for mosquito-borne illnesses as a result of an expanded mosquito prevention program in Williamson County.
The program identified and monitored mosquitoes that carry diseases such as West Nile Virus and work to inform citizens about how to protect themselves.
The county has hired a full-time program specialist to set mosquito traps throughout the county and submit mosquitoes to the Texas Department of State Health Services for testing.
In 2012, the county reported 12 confirmed West Nile cases. In 2013, no cases were reported.
County officials encourage public awareness of the four D's:
- Dawn and dusk are the times to try to stay indoors since mosquitoes are the most active at those times.
- Dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors.
- Drain standing water in flower pots, pet dishes or clogged gutters so mosquitoes cannot lay eggs.
- Defend using an EPA-approved insect repellant.