GARLAND (CBSDFW.COM) – The Garland Health Department now has a new mosquito spray unit for the city’s efforts to control the spread of the West Nile virus.

According to a press release from the City of Garland, the new spray unit replaces 10-year-old spray equipment and includes technological upgrades which improve the application of pesticides.

The Garland Health Department says it has confirmed 9 cases of West Nile virus related illnesses. Currently, 123 West Nile cases have been confirmed by the Dallas County Health Department.

38 mosquito samples taken from traps around Garland also tested positive for the virus.

Along with its new spray unit, the Garland Health Department will receive funding from the State of Texas to purchase 25 gallons of pesticide.

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