Mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus, caught in NW Bexar County

SAN ANTONIO -- A mosquito that was caught in northwest Bexar County tested positive for the West Nile virus, said Bexar County Assistant Public Information Officer Monica Ramos.

According to Ramos, traps were set out all over Bexar County. The traps were collected and sent to Austin for testing, and one mosquito tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The mosquito was caught in a trap located in a drainage channel near the 10000 block of Mustang Rise on the city's northwest side near FM 1560 and Shaenfield Road.

"Within a few hours, we were out there aggressively spraying and treating the entire area for mosquitos," said Ramos. "[Thursday] we delivered notices door to door to all of the residents and [Wednesday] we notified the HOA that it occurred and what we were doing about it."

This trap had been set out for about a week and had trapped around 60 mosquitoes of varying types that were sent for testing.

Ramos said that information was distributed letting people in the area know that only a mosquito had been found and letting people in the area know what they can do to help keep mosquitoes from breeding. No individuals had been infected that they know of.

"Wear mosquito repellant so they can protect themselves and their children," Ramos said.

According to Ramos, the City of Helotes and the Emergency Services District #7 had been a great help in distributing the information to the affected neighborhoods and residents.

(© 2016 KENS)


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