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Fort Worth Residents Concerned With West Nile Spraying

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Fairmount neighborhood, a historic area in Fort Worth, is in one of the areas that will be ground sprayed for West Nile. Not everyone there wants it. Kathy O’Brien is worried about the risks associated with the pesticides.

“My husband’s 30 year organic garden being now in risk,” O’Brien said.

She does not want to see mosquito spraying in her neighborhood near the Hospital District where she helps deliver babies.

“I’m concerned about all children and babies,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien along with dozens of other Fort Worth residents met with city leaders Wednesday night hoping to get more answers.

“They are a solid month late on this,” said Fort Worth resident Tammy Redmon.

Instead, the city decided to spray. Up until recently, its position was education and prevention.
But now, with two deaths in Tarrant County and 181 total West Nile cases in the county, Fort Worth is targeting two zip codes areas, 76104 and 76110.

“There were three or more human cases of West Nile virus in a very tight area. They contracted the virus at the same time or about the same time. That’s a red flag,” said Brandon Bennett, Fort Worth Code Compliance Director.

Not everyone is against the spraying and wanted to know why their area is not included.

“In our zip code, we have had a confirmed case of West Nile Virus and really it doesn’t make sense to me that the city is targeting one area, but not coming to our area,” said Fort Worth resident John Swann.

The spraying will start Friday night and will continue Saturday and Sunday nights between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Another meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday for the residents of the targeted zip codes.  That meeting will be held that the Fire Station Community Center Park.

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