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Texans urged to prepare for West Nile Season

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Texas - Residents across Texas are being urged to prepare for the West Nile season.

Mosquitos were recently caught in four traps in the Dallas County suburb of Richardson. 

Results now confirm they tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

This means the virus has made an early return, coming after last year's worst outbreak to ever hit.

Mosquito testing in some parts of the state started as early as April 1st and many cities are checking traps on a weekly rather than monthly basis.

Ground-spraying in the Dallas area is set to take place Monday and Tuesday night where the infected mosquitos were found.

A major prevention campaign is now underway to help reduce human cases of West Nile Virus.

The campaign doesn't just target residents of North Texas but those traveling through the area.

Texans are urged to help in the effort by purchasing insect repellent early, last year it became hard to find.

Health departments don't want a repeat of last year so they are asking residents to wear long sleeves and pants if outside at dusk or dawn when mosquitoes typically feed, and to empty outdoor containers of standing water that could attract mosquito breeding.

Last year, the first infected mosquitoes were confirmed May 30th in Dallas County, and the first Human West Nile case was announced June 20th.

By season's end in late November, 19 Dallas County residents had died and more than 400 people had been sickened to some degree by contracting the virus.

We saw our fair share in the Texas Panhandle, with a total of 4 cases in Potter County and 18 in Randall County.

Moore, Deaf Smith and Carson counties also had confirmed cases of West Nile.