Update: Nov. 11, 1:09 p.m.:
Dr. Philip Huang is the Medical Director for Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services. He says there are still some people in the county who are very sick from the virus but he’s hopeful the death total won’t continue to rise.
Dr. Huang says it’s not clear if West Nile will be as big of a problem next year.
“This particular season with the warmer winter and then some of the spring rains seemed to be sort of the conditions that really promoted West Nile activity," Huang says. "So we don’t know how things are going to be next year. But I think there’s certainly some concern that there is going to be for the future continued increase in some mosquito activity and things in the Austin-Travis County area.”
Huang says the county has found mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile as recently as late October.