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Dallas Gets First West Nile Case of the Season

The city will begin "targeted" spraying this weekend.
The city will begin "targeted" spraying this weekend.

Well, it's officially that time of year again. A Dallas resident in the Preston Hollow area has been diagnosed with West Nile fever, according to a city press release.

"Nothing has changed as far as our mosquito surveillance is concerned," Dallas County Health and Human Services public information officer Erikka Neroes told Unfair Park. She added the the county's surveillance practices are effective.

The city plans to ground-spray in confirmed areas this weekend, a city spokesman said.

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A mosquito trap near the human case tested positive for West Nile, according to the press release, so the city will spray in more areas and add a trap near Preston Hollow.

The city maintains 90 traps around Dallas in locations where West Nile has been shown to pop up in the past. Neroes said West Nile season is unpredictable, and locations with infections don't match from year to year.

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