Positive West Nile Virus Pool Located in Tuscarawas County

(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – The Tuscarawas County Health Department is announcing positive West Nile Virus activity.

Health department officials confirm that on Monday, July 9th, a pool of mosquitos tested positive for the West Nile Virus at the Warren Township Garage in Warren Township.

“The health department will be responding to the positive pool according to Center for Disease Control Guidelines,” officials note in a press release. They will conduct multiple mosquito sprayings within a two-mile radius of the location of the positive pool. Additional mosquito spraying is expected to take place throughout Warren Township. Spraying will begin on Tuesday, July 10th.

Officials note, in the case of rain, high winds or cold temperatures spraying will be postponed. Also, anyone with respiratory problems is asked to stay indoors while spraying occurs.

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Health department officials add that a high-count trap was also discovered at the Uhrichsville Water Park in Uhrichsville. “Despite the high mosquito county there was no indication of West Nile Virus at this location at this time,” officials note. “However; TCHD will also be spraying the Uhrichsville area beginning Tuesday, July 10th.”

Officials offer the following guidelines to prevent mosquito bites and breeding grounds:

 Avoid mosquito bites:  It is important to prioritize personal protection to prevent mosquito bites.

  • Wear EPA-registered mosquito repellents whenever mosquitoes are present and follow label instructions.
  • Wear long, loose, light-colored clothing.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside.

 Help reduce mosquito breeding around your home:  Get rid of potential mosquito breeding sites to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases.

  • Empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths.
  • Consider using products containing Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti), available at many garden and home improvement stores, to control mosquito larvae in containers that are too large to empty.  Follow the label instructions.

Have all horses vaccinated against WNV:  All horse owners should vaccinate their animals against West Nile Virus.  Contact your vet to find out more information on this important vaccine.

Taking these steps will help protect against mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile Virus and Zika Virus.

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