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New tests conducted on mosquitoes trapped on Friday, November 17 in the Robinson Park area, 206 S. Dolan St., are negative for West Nile Virus, City of Taylor officials announced Tuesday. This comes after a sampling taken previously on November 7 was positive for WNV. Williamson County and Cities Health District and City of Taylor staffs worked together at that time to educate the public, and coordinated spraying efforts in order to rid the area of infected mosquitoes.
The negative lab results from the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin were reported to WCCHD and City of Taylor on Monday, November 27. A second trap is located at the Taylor Regional Park and Sports Complex, which has never shown a positive test for WNV. In addition, there has not been a reported human case of WNV in Taylor.
Weekly testing is conducted on the two trap sites until temperatures consistently fall below 60 overnight, according to WCCHD officials. The DSHS state lab suspends mosquito testing typically around mid-November. Weekly testing began on May 1, 2017.
“The City is following the Health District’s Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management and together we are prepared to take additional action if it becomes necessary,” said Taylor Fire Chief Pat Ekiss. “We appreciate the cooperation shown between Taylor and WCCHD.”
Spraying of the half-mile radius around Robinson Park was conducted overnight on November 13 through November 15, and the trap reset on Thursday, November 16.
“We are always concerned for the public’s safety and are pleased that recent tests on the mosquitoes came back negative for WNV,” said Taylor City Manager Isaac Turner. “I am grateful for the efforts of city staff and the Health District to prevent an outbreak of WNV.”