West Nile, Zika cases emerge in San Antonio

October 5, 2016


A second mosquito carrying the deadly West Nile virus has been found in San Antonio.

People in the northwest side of Bexar County are being asked to protect themselves against West Nile. Two mosquitoes carrying the virus have been found near Shaenfield Road, just outside Loop 1604.


Many of the people who live in the area say they're not worried.


“We always go around the house looking for places where they can grow, and we dump the water,” resident Alejandra Espinoza said.


However, Espinoza does admit to limiting outdoor activity for her and her daughters.

The county says that it has been working hard to fight mosquitoes by treating ditches, sidewalks, streets, drains, and county parks. The health department is asking people in the area to take simple precautions, like wearing long sleeves or using mosquito repellant.

‘Without taking the proper precautions, quite frankly, you're not minimizing the risk,” resident Marco Gonzalez said.


On Friday, the Metropolitan Health Department also announced another case of Zika in San Antonio, bringing the number of cases to 16. Unlike West Nile, those people didn't become infected with Zika in San Antonio. They were infected while traveling.

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