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Palestine continues mosquito spraying to reduce chances of West Nile exposure

PALESTINE, July 3, 2013--Since the season’s first official Texas case of West Nile virus was discovered in Palestine several weeks ago, the city has been making strides to reduce further exposure.

According to Palestine Director of Development Services Jeff Lyons, the city has focused their effort on attempting to exterminate and prevent as many mosquitoes as possible. Since the West Nile virus is carried by mosquitoes, this is the most important step in reducing public West Nile exposure.

“[The spraying] will continue as long as we have complaints,” said Lyons. “We are taking the town in chunks…making out way slowly around the whole city with the chemicals we have on-hand.”

Lyons encourages the public to remove any standing water around their homes. Citizens are also encouraged to report standing water on abandoned property, and make spraying requests if they notice mosquitoes in their area. To report standing water or request spraying, call 903-731-8495, or 903-731-8417.

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