Austin Public Health detects West Nile virus in local mosquitoes

Austin Public Health says it has found West Nile virus in a mosquito pool in Travis County.

The virus was found in the 78721 zip code, 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 tracking this summer — rising cases of COVID-19 and monkeypox have also strained the Austin-Travis County Health Department.

“Monitoring mosquito pools is key to keeping the public informed and safe, especially when many people are spending time outside,” said Marcel Elizondo, interim assistant director of environmental health services. “By eliminating standing water and using prevention tools, we keep ourselves, our families and communities safe.”

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