Collin County Public Health confirmed Wednesday its second human case of West Nile virus in Plano for 2017.
For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, officials did not provide additional identifying information but did say they would be spraying for mosquitoes in an additional area near Parker Road and Communications Drive.
The second spray area is bound by Parker to the south, Communications to the east, Glenhollow Drive to the north and Midway Road to the west.
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Plano had already planned to spray an area near 14th Street and Plano Parkway.
Spraying will take place beginning at about 9 p.m. Thursday.
- Dress in long sleeves, pants when outside: For extra protection, spray thin clothing with repellent.
- DEET: Make sure this ingredient is in your insect repellent.
- Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood: Mosquitoes can develop in any water stagnant for more than three days.
It has been recommended in the past that to avoid mosquito bites you should avoid being outdoors during Dusk and Dawn (the 4 Ds). While this is true for mosquitoes that commonly carry the West Nile virus, other types of mosquitoes that are more likely to carry Zika, dengue and chikungunya are active during the day. When outdoors, no matter what time of day, adjust your dress accordingly and wear insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus as your first line of defense against insect bites.