Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance

Integrated Vector Management 

355 Texas Avenue
Round Rock, TX 78664

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Mosquito Risks

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The Integrated Vector Management (IVM) Program at Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) protects the health of county residents from vector-borne diseases through surveillance, control, prevention, and community outreach.

WCCHD Integrated Vector Management (IVM) protects Williamson County by:

  • Monitoring mosquito populations through vector surveillance methods.
  • Detect arthropod-borne (Arbo) viruses through samples collected and tested at the DSHS laboratory.
  • Educate citizens, community groups, and the media regarding mosquito control and prevention.
  • Utilize surveillance data from samples and evidence-based best practices to recommend the most appropriate mosquito control measures to cities.
  • Track and monitor mosquito-borne disease activity throughout Williamson County using Geographical Information System (GIS) software.
  • Coordinate the Mosquito Working Group with other member cities in Williamson County. 
  • Investigate arboviral infections in humans that are reported to WCCHD.
  • Generating a weekly arbovirus summary report for Williamson County during WNV season. 

Williamson County residents benefit from IVM resources and services by:

  • Providing an early warning system to detect arboviruses in the mosquito population before humans and animals are infected.
  • Informing local public health officials and medical providers of the possible risk for human infections.
  • Providing information to the public about the arboviral activity so they can take the proper precautions.
  • Allowing member cities to target specific areas for mitigation quickly and appropriately.
  • Using environmentally conscientious approaches to control larval and adult mosquitoes.
  • Using a combination of control measures that best meet the needs of specific cities.

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WCCHD IVM team is working towards expanding services and resources to better protect Williamson County. The expansion will further explore GIS mapping to identify and mitigate mosquito breeding sites, expanding mosquito surveillance and to include larval mosquitoes, developing a tick surveillance program, and increase in-house capacity to identify potential vector species. 

WHY THIS PROGRAM WAS STARTED: The mosquito surveillance program at WCCHD began in 2013 following a large outbreak of West Nile virus (WNV) in Texas in 2012. This allows public health to monitor the virus in both human and mosquito populations and use evidence-based practices to make control recommendations to areas with viral activity.

USEful links2022 Season Data Summary
Using the Right Repellent
Homeowner Checklist
Skeeter Beater Coloring Book
CDC - A to Z Index of Vector-Borne Diseases
CDC - Division of Vector-Borne Diseases
DSHS - Arbovirus Weekly Activity Reports
DSHS - Texas West Nile Virus FAQ

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