Tarrant County To Conduct Aerial Spraying For West Nile

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

Tarrant County Commissioners have approved a plan to conduct aerial spraying to eliminate mosquitoes that can spread West Nile Virus.

So far this year, Tarrant County is reporting 14 human cases of West Nile and 3 deaths.

County health officials have an on-going program to trap mosquitoes an test them for West Nile Virus. They have noticed a concentration of mosquitoes with the virus in the northeastern part of Tarrant County.

Once the aerial spraying begins, that is where crews will concentrate their efforts.

Tarrant County plans to split the cost of the spraying with cities that choose to participate.

County officials hope to hear back from city officials in northeast Tarrant County today about their decisions.

Crews may have to wait a few days before they begin the aerial spraying program. They need to conduct the spraying on a day when it is not raining, and rain is in the forecast both today and tomorrow.