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Richardson mosquito samples test positive for West Nile

WFAA-TV Dallas-Ft. Worth logo WFAA-TV Dallas-Ft. Worth 5/1/2019 WFAA Staff
Students from the University of North Texas Health Science Center examine mosquitoes caught in traps set up at Fort Worth fire stations to monitor the spread of West Nile virus. © WFAA Students from the University of North Texas Health Science Center examine mosquitoes caught in traps set up at Fort Worth fire stations to monitor the spread of West Nile virus.

Mosquito samples collected in Richardson have tested positive for the West Nile virus, Dallas County officials confirmed Wednesday. 

The samples are the first to test positive for the virus this year. 

The mosquito traps were picked up from the 75080 zip code in Richardson, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services officials. 

County officials said it's important for residents to drain standing water around their homes. 

Five Texans died from the West Nile virus last year. There were 133 confirmed cases of the West Nile virus among Texas residents in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

Health officials remind residents to: 

* Use insect repellents with DEET. 

* Wear long, loose clothing outside. 

* Drain or treat all standing water where mosquitoes could lay eggs. 

* Limit time outside. 

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