The City of Abilene confirmed mosquitoes trapped on the north side of Abilene have tested positive for the West Nile virus.
The mosquitoes were collected Aug. 1. They are the first to test positive in Abilene since 2008.
"This test shows that the West Nile virus is circulating in our area," Environmental Health Manager Glenn Bailey said in a statement. "It's important to take precautions by using mosquito repellent and wearing protective clothing during peak mosquito hours, which are from dusk to dawn."
The city will be spraying for three consecutive days beginning Thursday, August 9th. Only areas around the northside, where the infected mosquito was found, will be treated but the Environmental Health Department will be monitoring the situation closely, and beginning city-wide treatments as soon as it's needed.
The most common repellents are made up from DEET, Picardin, or Oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Mosquitoes can also be controlled by getting rid of any standing water outdoors.
Mosquitoes are routinely collected and tested for the West Nile virus in Abilene. The city also sprays regularly for the pests.
West Nile virus is most often spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. In the most serious cases, a West Nile infection can lead to chronic disability and death.