Austin Public Health finds West Nile virus in local mosquitoes

Austin Public Health claims to have detected West Nile virus in a mosquito pool in Travis County.

The virus was found in zip code 78721, an area east of Airport Boulevard, west of US 183, north of the Colorado River and south of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The mosquito-borne virus is among the many diseases Austin Public Health is monitoring this summer: the rise in cases of COVID-19 and monkeypox has kept the Austin-Travis County Health Department busy as well.

“Monitoring mosquito pools is critical to keeping the public informed and safe, especially when many people spend time outdoors,” said Marcel Elizondo, acting deputy director for environmental health services. “By removing stagnant water and using prevention tools, we keep ourselves, our families and communities safe.”

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