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Richardson to spray for West Nile after mosquitos test positive

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Richardson officials confirmed Thursday mosquitos caught in a trap tested positive for West Nile virus.

As a result, the Richardson Health Department will spray the affected areas this Sunday and Monday night. Four traps located in three different locations had mosquitos that tested positive for the disease.

The three areas to be sprayed are:

W. Campbell Rd. south to W. Arapaho Rd.; Coit Rd. east to Central Expressway (US75)

E. Lookout Dr. south to Apollo Rd.; Plano Rd. east to Jupiter Rd.

President George Bush Turnpike east to Breckinridge Park, and between the northern and southern borders of the city.

Spraying, weather permitting, will begin at 9 p.m. on both Sunday and Monday and conclude no later than 4 a.m.

Officials say this is the earliest West Nile has ever been detected in Richardson.

"We urge people to be aware that, even though it's not summer, mosquitoes are already present and it's imperative to take measures to take precautions from being bitten," said Richardson Health Department Director Bill Alsup in a statement.

Parts of Richardson are located in both Collin and Dallas counties. Dallas County had 19 deaths from West Nile in 2012. Collin County had 4 deaths.

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