Austin Public Health identified the first probable human case of the West Nile virus in Travis County this year, according to a press release issued today.
The county previously reported two positive pools of mosquitoes carrying the virus in the 78751 and 78756 ZIP codes, both of which are in Central Austin. The state reported its first case of 2020 last week in Tarrant County.
The virus is a mosquito-borne disease and is typically spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito.
APH Chief Epidemiologist Janet Pichette said Austin residents can take precautions to lower their chances of contracting the disease, including draining standing water, limiting time spent outdoors, and wearing appropriate clothing and DEET when not.
There were no positive pools or human cases of West Nile virus in Travis County reported last year.
In 2012, there was a large outbreak of the virus in the U.S., including 153 reported cases and six deaths in Travis County.
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