Denton County Commissioners approved $20,000 in funds be set aside to immediately begin ground spraying for mosquitoes once the county receives its first positive test for the West Nile virus.
County Health Director Dr. Bing Burton says his department hasn't seen any positive tests yet in their jurisdiction but he wants the county to be able to respond quickly at the first sign of West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes.
Last week, both Lewisville and Flower Mound trapped mosquitoes that tested positive for the illness and both cities have begun alerting residents.
Burton says the biggest tool in the fight against West Nile virus is still education that encourages residents to take steps to prevent problems.
The county asked Burton to meet with representatives of smaller towns in Denton County to make sure they are equipped to battle mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus.