No human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported this year.
Austin Public Health today confirmed the first positive West Nile mosquito pool for this year. The positive mosquitoes were trapped and screened in the 78746 zip code. As of today, no human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported this year.
Mosquitoes are present in Central Texas all year, but the population is largest and most active during the months of April through September. Mosquito activity decreases as the nights become cooler and these insects are unable to regulate their body heat.
Most people infected with West Nile Virus, approximately 80 percent, show no symptoms. Those symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash (on the trunk of the body) and swollen lymph glands.
To control mosquitoes and reduce your risk of exposure to illness:
Regularly check yards and neighborhoods for water-holding containers and empty them out (it only takes a teaspoon of water for mosquitoes to breed)