UPDATED Aug. 3: For the second time in less than a month, a mosquito tested positive for West Nile at Fannie Robinson Park in Taylor.
The most recent sample came earlier this week from the same area that tested positive last month.
The first sample was taken July 24, and the positive test was indicated in a lab result from the Texas Department Health Services in Austin and reported to the City July 26. The species that tested positive is Culex quinquefasciatus (southern house mosquito) and has a flight range of about one mile.
According to Deb Strahler, Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) communications director, additional traps were placed within a one mile radius of the infected area. She said those samples came back negative.
Due to the consecutive positive tests for West Nile, the upcoming Fannie’s Splash Bash has been postponed.
“ As an additional precaution, the Health District recommended that the City postpone the Splash Bash event scheduled at Robinson Park on Aug. 11,” said Stacey Osborne, interim communications manger. “In accordance with that advice, the event will be rescheduled for a later date, which is yet to be determined.”
The Splash Bash is a family friendly event to celebrate the end of summer in the south Taylor park.
Once rescheduled, the event will have hot dogs, a foam pit, a movie, a live DJ and water bounce house.
The final Woo-Hoo Wednesday event, scheduled for Aug. 15, has also been cancelled. The program, hosted by the Braided Faded Crew, is designed to keep students’ minds stimulated during the summer.
The Braided Faded Crew will also cancel its Funday event that was originally scheduled for Aug. 18 in Robinson Park.
The Blackshear/O.L. Price Ex-Student Association's 18th annual Back to School Summer Fest scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Fannie Robinson Park Pavilion has also been cancelled until further notice.
The city has coordinated a pesticide contractor to spray near the park next week.
Truck-mounted-spraying is planned for three consecutive nights beginning Tue. Aug. 7 at 9 p.m. in the impacted area including Robinson Park.
Although the mosquito control product poses no significant health risk, if possible, people and pets may want to stay indoors during spraying.
The tactic was used last year in November, the last time mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile in Robinson Park.
The City and WCCHD encourage the public to be especially vigilant about protecting themselves from mosquito bites when outdoors and preventing mosquito breeding on their property. Recent rain and continued fluctuating temperatures are prime breeding conditions for mosquitoes.