ADDISON (CBSDFW.COM) – The Addison City Council has agreed to aerial spraying to help combat the spread of the West Nile Virus.
Addison joins Dallas, University Park and Highland Park which have already approved aerial spraying. Dallas County city leaders have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to decide if they want their cities to participate.
In a resolution released Tuesday night, the Addison City Council cites its own two documented cases of West Nile infection, part of Dallas County’s 190 total reported cases, the county’s 10 deaths from the virus and the recent disaster declaration as factors in the decision to allow aerial spraying.
Dallas County residents have expressed their concerns over the decision to implement aerial spraying.
A CBS 11 investigation found warnings about the chemicals slated to be used over Dallas County in New York, Massachusetts and Virginia. North Texas health officials say the chemicals are safe and effective, but they also recommend the following precautions:
- Avoid being outside
- If the pesticide gets on your skin or clothes, wash them with soap and water
- Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables
- Cover fish ponds
Commissioner’s Court Judge Clay Jenkins says the aerial spraying will most likely start Friday evening, but could also begin as early as Thursday.
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