Officials: West Nile found at all Joint Base San Antonio bases

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by Gary Cooper / KENS 5

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Posted on August 27, 2012 at 8:01 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- Officials confirmed on Saturday that the West Nile Virus has been detected at all Joint Base San Antonio military installations in San Antonio.

Tests at JBSA Randolf and JBSA Lackland found mosquitoes that carry the virus, according to a press release. Three sample pools tested positive at JBSA-Lackland and one sample pool tested positive at JBSA-Randolph. 

The West Nile Virus has already been detected at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, on the city's northeast side, and JBSA-Camp Bullis, on the city's far north side.

 

A second round of targeted mosquito fogging was conducted on Friday morning at Fort Sam Houston, where at least 13 sample pools tested positive for the virus since July 18.

 

JBSA spokesperson Brent Boller said the same type of spraying is planned to start next week at JBSA-Randolph. 

 

"Our trainees are out in those areas and we are not alarmed about that," Boller said. "But we are taking prudent steps to make sure that we mitigate this issue and does not become a training problem."

 

As of Saturday, more than 260 people have been infected with the West Nile virus. More than 20 people have died from the virus in Texas.

 

Four cases have been detected in Bexar County. One of those victims, a retired military man from JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, has died from the virus.  

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