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Mosquito tests positive for West Nile in Dallas; ground spraying continues

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Dallas announced Tuesday a mosquito has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

That mosquito was in a trap in the Pleasant Grove area and tested at the state lab. There are no human cases of West Nile Virus reported in Dallas County in 2013.

The number of flying adult mosquitos is on the rise and county officials are trying to get cities to ground spray before human cases occur.

The county sent a letter to officials in Lancaster, DeSoto and Duncanville asking for spraying on June 11. Lancaster and DeSoto responded and the county sprayed targeted areas in the cities.

The Duncanville City Council approved ground spraying on Tuesday night.

In Dallas, a second night of spraying continues Tuesday after 10 p.m. in eight specific areas.

Many North Texans said they'll stop going out at night and wear DEET. After last year's 20 deaths in Dallas County, many knew what to do to protect themselves so they welcome the spraying.

"I think that's good, they should, they should come out and spray help protect the people," said Tossie White who lives near where the mosquito was found.

"I always put the spray on for the mosquitoes, but when it gets dark, I try not to be outside too much," said Amalia Barborza who lives in Crawford Park less than a mile away from the Pleasant Grove area.

"My life is better than the plant, we can buy another plant, but we can't buy another life," said Marjorie Pugh who lives near the infected mosquito discovery.

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