Richardson reschedules mosquito spray

West Nile virus

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Richardson reschedules mosquito spray

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by BAILEY MCGOWAN

WFAA

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 12:45 PM

RICHARDSON -- Richardson rescheduled mosquito spraying for West Nile virus again Monday night after wind gusts were too high for effective spraying.

The sprays were originally planned for Sunday and Monday night, but both nights had gusts over 10 mph, too strong from spraying, said Greg Sowell, the director of communications for the City of Richardson.

The forecast for Tuesday night doesn't look promising for a spray though, as wind is expected to be between 10-15 mph. Sowell was unsure how long the city would continue to postpone the spray.

A test for West Nile is conducted in 12 zones every Monday with results posted by Thursday, Sowell said. This week’s test results have yet to be released.

The city called for the spray after four of the 12 test zones came up positive for the virus, Sowell said. This is the earliest the city has started monitoring due to number of cases reported last year.

Richardson spans across both Dallas and Collin counties. Dallas County had 398 human cases of West Nile Virus with 19 deaths, while Collin County had 76 human cases with four related deaths. Richardson alone recorded 14 human cases of the virus with no deaths.

Any positive test results in a spray, Sowell said. The city will continue to monitor the situation.

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