With all the recent West Nile related deaths in the Metroplex, is the City of Abilene preparing for an outbreak as well?
The city said they are not panicking just yet. Although, they did find one mosquito recently on the north side with the virus, they sprayed immediately to prevent it from spreading anywhere else.
The good news, there have been no reported cases of the virus in Abilene this year, but people are still being cautious.
Johanna Miller is a new mom to six-month-old baby Collins. Miller's concerned with the recent West Nile out breaks in Dallas. A mosquito tested positive on Abilene's north side, near her home.
"I was worried," Miller said. "We normally take him out in the evenings, go for walks, sit outside in the yard, and play, and we're not doing that anymore."
Miller said the city is obligated to keep people safe from this virus.
"I definitely think it's a public health issue and the city is responsible for the public's health," Miller said.
Abilene City Councilman, Joe Spano, agrees.
"When it affects public health it becomes a city problem," Spano said.
Public health officials said aerial spraying like they are doing in the Dallas area is only done during a severe outbreak.
The city's budget for spraying mosquitoes this year is $5,300.
Before this recent case, Abilene last confirmed case of West Nile was in 2008.