Collin County Healthcare Services has reported the eighth confirmed case of West Nile Virus in Allen residents, including one death, according to a news release issued by the City of Allen late Friday.

Due to a change in reporting procedures from Collin County Healthcare Services, this count no longer includes cases outside city limits, the news release said.

The City of Allen Environmental Health Division continues to implement a proactive mosquito abatement program including treating stagnant waters, code enforcement activities and public education.

Staff is currently monitoring 41 areas with stagnant water, inspecting them every 30 days and treating them with larvicide as needed. To date, staff has treated 36 stagnant swimming pools. City of Allen Code Enforcement is conducting a sweep of areas to identify and remedy any potential sources of water, high grass or similar nuisances that may be potential breeding areas for mosquitoes.

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

In addition to draining any standing water around your home, recommended precautions 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. For more information on symptoms and preventing West Nile Virus, click here. To report West Nile concerns to Collin County authorities, click here.

To read a previous McKinneyOnline.com story about West Nile Virus prevention tips, click here.