West Nile Virus has been confirmed at all of San Antonio’s military base installations.
Joint Base San Antonio officials said Monday in a statement that tests for the deadly virus came back positive a few days ago at Lackland, Randolph, Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis. The military began testing for West Nile in mid-July.
Because West Nile Virus is spread by mosquitoes, military officials are planning to step up efforts to fog at the installations. San Antonio residents are also being urged to take precautions by spraying themselves with repellent containing deet and drain any standing water outside homes. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.
People infected with the virus can develop abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, headache, muscle aches and lack of appetite.
The presence of West Nile Virus is of major concern for the Department of Defense community given the thousands of soldiers, civilians, trainees and contractors that work on San Antonio bases. At least 20 people have died throughout Texas as a result of West Nile Virus.