New mosquito samples from Cedar Park show no signs of West Nile

(James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP, File)

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — After a mosquito trapped in Cedar Park tested positive for West Nile virus a few weeks ago, the Williamson County and Cities Health District says new mosquito samples have come up negative for West Nile virus. The original sample that tested positive for West Nile virus was collected near the intersection of West New Hope Drive and Ranch to Market 1431.

The health department says for the past two consecutive weeks, mosquito samples taken from 10 expanded trap locations have all come back free of West Nile virus. Mosquito trapping will continue as usual, according to the Health District’s Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management.

The city of Cedar Park is still encouraging everyone to remain vigilant about protecting themselves from mosquito bites and preventing mosquito breeding on their personal property.

There are currently no reported human cases of West Nile virus in Cedar Park. Williamson County has seen no reported human cases since 2014. Health officials say up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms. However, some infections can result in serious illness or death.

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