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Fort Worth Waiting For Test Results Before More West Nile Spraying

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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – Fort Worth should have test results Wednesday which could determine if it will spray in two more parts of the city.  The 76244 and 76137 zip codes in north Fort Worth have both had a recent cluster of West Nile cases.

If Fort Worth sprays, City Code compliance Director Brandon Bennet said Tuesday night it is going to continue to be very targeted. The section of Fort Worth that is being examined for possible additional spraying is newer, generally more wide open where the city believes spraying will not be effective.

People who live in the new targeted areas filled up the Summerglen library in north Fort Worth Tuesday night to hear what city officials are planning. There were a few continued questions about the virus itself and how to protect gardens, pools and people from the spray.

Because of the new cluster of cases, some residents were concerned Fort Worth’s targeted plan may not be enough. They said they are concerned with vacant homes, old drainage problems and they do not believe waiting for more test results is the responsible thing to do.

“It’s been proven effective in Dallas and I think it would be effective here. If it could save a life, I don’t think we should wait until 10 people have died in this zip code before we do aerial spraying,” said Fort Worth resident Jim Booles.

Fort Worth officials said if the city sprays in the new, targeted zip codes, it will probably spray the same area for three nights in a row. That is what the city did in the Hospital District, the only place Fort Worth has sprayed so far, and city officials believe it worked there.

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