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Flower Mound spraying for West Nile virus

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A mosquito sample in the 4100 block of Weldon Drive tested positive for the West Nile virus, prompting Flower Mound officials to schedule spraying operations this week.

The Town of Flower Mound Environmental Health Services Division found the first positive test of the year.

Town officials have scheduled spraying in about a one-half square-mile radius around the area between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Spraying operations may be rescheduled if weather conditions are not suitable. Residents  in  the  affected  neighborhoods  will  be  notified  by the community notification call system and  community  signs  placed  at  major intersections within the spraying area. Residents are advised to minimize exposure.

Officials also offer the following precautionary steps:

• Stay indoors during spraying events if possible
• If outside or in a vehicle during this time, be alert for the spraying truck and maintain a safe distance
• If the spray should contact skin or eyes, wash skin with soap and water, and rinse eyes with water or saline solution
• Close windows
• Wash exposed fruits and vegetables before eating

No special precautions or waiting period recommendations for swimming pools regarding ground spraying have been issued. Additional inspections and monitoring of the area will continue.

The insecticide used in spraying is applied at ultra-low levels, breaks down quickly, and does not leave a toxic residue, according to a news release.

For information, call the Flower Mound Environmental Services at 972-874-6340 or visit www.flower-mound.com/mosquitoes.

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