West Nile Watch: Air and ground fight intensifies

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WFAA

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 15 at 2:16 AM

The aerial assault to stop the mosquitoes that spread West Nile virus is almost ready to take off.

Addison, Highland Park, University Park, Garland and Mesquite have signed on to Dallas County's plan to spray insecticide from the skies. Dallas will decide on Wednesday.

While some have raised safety concerns about the spraying, a Garland man whose mother is in the hospital pleaded for help Tuesday night.

"It's extremely heartbreaking, and it's very, very hard," he said.

Dallas County remains the epicenter of the West Nile epidemic, with 10 lives lost, spread out across the county — in North Dallas, Uptown Dallas, Irving, the Park Cities, Grand Prairie, Duncanville, and Seagoville.

Tarrant County has now recorded two deaths and 171 human cases linked to West Nile, and Fort Worth will start its first ground spraying program in two decades on Wednesday night after first focusing on prevention.

Fort Worth began reverse 911 calls to citizens on Tuesday, encouraging people to take precautions.

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