Collin County Health Care Services has reported a fourth confirmed case of the West Nile Virus in Allen residents, according to a City of Allen news release posted on its website.

An additional case has been reported by the agency in an unincorporated area outside Allen city limits with an Allen mailing address.

The City of Allen continues to take steps to reduce the risks of contracting WNV through ongoing mosquito control activities and active code enforcement efforts which include larvicide treatment of stagnant swimming pools and selected natural areas with creeks and detention ponds.

Citizens can report areas of stagnant water or concern by calling 214-509-4160.

In addition to draining standing water around your home, recommended precautions to follow include:

  • Applying insect repellent that contains DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) to clothing and exposed skin;
  • Wearing light colored, long sleeves and pants while outside;
  • Minimizing outdoor activities during the dawn and dusk periods of the day; and
  • Ensuring doors and windows remain properly closed to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.

Information regarding West Nile Virus and mosquito control precautions is available on the Collin County Health Care Services web page.