“We’ve not gotten any hits until this past week,” said County Engineer Renee Green. “We made the decision to be proactive with the neighborhood, to hand out fliers so the residents are supervigilant. There are no reported (human) cases of West Nile virus,” she added.
Elements from the county’s Public Works Department, Emergency Management team and from Emergency Service District No. 7 converged on the area Thursday to dispense information about the detection of West Nile and steps to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
County officials said they’re continuing warm-weather mosquito eradication programs that began in April, including fogging in unincorporated areas to prevent the Zika virus, West Nile and Chikungunya. The programs will continue into the cooler weather, until overnight lows start dipping into the mid-60s, Green said.
At the same time, the public is being urged to use mosquito repellent and to eliminate standing water — indoors and outdoors — where mosquitoes breed in warm weather.
This week’s data from the Texas Department of State Health Services said Bexar County is one of about four dozen Texas counties with confirmed West Nile virus activity.
The state agency said most people infected with West Nile display no symptoms but some infections can result in serious illness or death.