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Mosquitoes tests positive for West Nile in Zilker Park zip code

Health officials say a mosquito pool in an Austin zip code that includes Zilker Park has tested positive for the West Nile virus. (Cropped Photo: CDC / MGN Online)

Health officials say a mosquito pool in an Austin zip code that includes Zilker Park has tested positive for the West Nile virus.

Austin Public Health says the positive mosquitoes were trapped and screened in the 78746 zip code -- which includes West Lake Hills, Rollingwood and portions of the Barton Creek Greenbelt to the MoPac/Loop360 intersection.

Officials say no human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported this year. But they said 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.

Austin Public Health says 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)
  • Wear long-sleeved, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing
  • Use an EPA-recommended insect repellent and carefully follow all label directions

A fisherman underneath the MoPac pedestrian bridge says anybody going to ACL over the weekend should know about West Nile.

“Man I didn’t even think about all the people that are going to be here for ACL. There’s a lot of people that come to that thing," Robby Sredanovich said.

As for him, he didn't like the idea of West Nile being in mosquitoes near where he fishes.

“It’s a concern, I didn’t know it was this close to a spot that I come often," Sredanovich said. “That’s pretty scary, that’s a scary thought.”

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