Saturday, August 18, 2012

West Nile spraying: Mission not accomplished - WFAA

WFAA

Posted on August 18, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Updated today at 9:25 AM

DALLAS â€" More aerial spraying is planned for Saturday night in Dallas County as the campaign to eradicate the mosquitoes that carry the deadly West Nile virus continues.

At least 12 deaths have been associated with the disease in North Texas.

The four aircraft employed in the project were grounded after only a couple of hours Friday night because of bad weather.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins was expected to provide a progress report at noon Saturday.

The spray planes took off around 8:30 Friday night from Dallas Executive Airport for Day Two of the aerial assault, but officials had to call off the spraying around 11 p.m.

Traps are being set in the areas sprayed Thursday night to check on the presence of West Nile in mosquitoes. Results should be known sometime this weekend.

Cities in Dallas County that initially opted out of aerial spraying have a little more time to decide whether they want join the campaign. The deadline is Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Fort Worth will begin a second round of ground spraying on Saturday night. It's the first time in two decades the city has opted to spray for mosquitoes. Workers started out Friday night spraying parts of the 76104 and 76110 zip codes.

Arlington will start ground spraying on Sunday. Health officials will focus on three areas of the city â€" Jake Langston Park, Arlington Municipal Airport and Doug Russell Park. The spraying will continue through Tuesday.

The latest numbers show Tarrant County has 199 reported human cases of West Nile virus; Dallas county is now up to 242. Denton County reports 96 cases of West Nile and and Collin county has 34.

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