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Dallas to Spray for West Nile This Week

Mosquito tests positive for West Nile

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Aug 2, 2012  |  Updated 11:57 AM CDT
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Dallas to Spray for West Nile This Week

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An area of southeast Dallas will be sprayed for West Nile virus this week.

The spraying will begin at about 10 p.m. Thursday and end about 5 hours later, weather permitting in an area bounded by Interstate 20, Garden grove Drive, Belt Line Road South and Lawson Road West.

While the insecticide is considered safe, residents are advised to avoid contact with the spray and stay indoors between 10 p.m. Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday morning.

Officials with the city said people driving near spray trucks should remain in their vehicles with the windows up and the air conditioner on until the trucks pass and the spray is no longer visible.

"Persons out during the scheduled spraying time should be alert for trucks and should not follow them. Residents who come in contact with the spray are advised to wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. The spray breaks down quickly in the presence of sunlight and has no residual effect. Fish ponds should be protected and pets should be brought inside during the spraying period," the city said in a news release.

The spraying is being done to control mosquitos in the area after insects from a nearby pool tested positive for West Nile.


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