Southlake plans to spray for West Nile Virus Friday

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City crews will ground spray in Southlake and part of Grapevine after a positive mosquito sample was collected for the West Nile Virus on Oct. 29.

Spraying will take place Friday after 9 p.m. in a half-mile radius around the positive test site at 870 Shady Lane on the city’s eastern side. A portion of the spraying overlaps Grapevine.

A previous sample tested positive at the Shady Lane site on Oct. 8. The city sprayed the area on two consecutive nights after that sample.

Southlake has sprayed in response to three weeks with positive results this year in an effort to eradicate the virus. This will be the fourth.

The county has recorded six human cases of West Nile Virus this year, according to Tarrant County Public Health.

Four cases of the potentially fatal neuroinvasive version of the illness have been reported, including the deaths of a Forth Worth man and an Arlington man. The other neurological cases were in Fort Worth and Keller.

Two cases of the more mild West Nile Fever were reported in Fort Worth.

Less than 1 percent of people who are infected with the virus develop the possibly fatal neurological illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

— Dustin L. Dangli

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