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NEWS | Aug. 28, 2012


JBSA-Randolph Public Affairs

Mosquito surveillance activities have shown that West Nile Virus is present on Joint Base San Antonio to include Randolph and a decision to fog with a pesticide to kill infected mosquitoes has been made by local officials. The 902nd Installation Pest Management section will begin fogging operations on the evening of Aug. 28. They plan to fog on Tuesdays and Thursdays at dusk between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. throughout Randolph housing and surrounding areas. The fogging truck will have a yellow light on top and four way flashers to help warn base residents it is coming down the street.

Although your chances of experiencing any health effects from fogging are quite low, the following steps will help you reduce possible exposures to insecticides during fogging:

· If possible, remain inside whenever fogging takes place.
· Keep children and pets inside during fogging and for about one hour after fogging.
· Close windows and doors before fogging begins.
· If you must remain outside, avoid eye contact with the fog. If you get insecticide in your eyes, immediately rinse them with water or eye drops.
· Wash exposed skin surfaces with soap and water if you come in contact with the insecticide.
· Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables thoroughly with water before cooking or eating.
· Cover outdoor tables and play equipment, or wash them with soap and water after they have been fogged.
· Bring laundry and toys inside before fogging begins. (Wash with soap and water if exposed to insecticide during fogging.)
· Bring pets inside, cover ornamental fishponds and pools to avoid direct exposure.

Consult your physician if you think you are experiencing health effects from the spraying, such as difficulty breathing, dizziness, headache, or nausea.

NOTE: Fogging will not occur if winds exceed 10 miles per hour or if there is rain. This type of weather impedes the ability of the chemical pesticide to reach and kill the mosquitoes.