Tuscarawas County, Ohio - The Tuscarawas County Health Department says nine additional pools of mosquitoes collected in Tuscarawas County have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.
The local health department has been conducting trapping for the Culex species of mosquito throughout the summer and was notified Tuesday that two pools of mosquitoes collected in the Village of Tuscarawas had tested positive for the virus. The positive pool locations were at Sharon Moravian Church and Tuscarawas Community Park.
On Friday, the department was informed that another nine pools had also tested positive.
The locations of the traps that collected the positive pools are as followed:
The Health Department will be responding according to Centers for Disease Control guidelines and will be spraying within a two-mile radius of each location on multiple occasions, pending permission from township or municipality leaders.
Spraying will begin on Monday, August 13, and will continue throughout the week. In the event of rain, high winds or cold temperatures, spraying will be postponed. Persons with respiratory problems should take appropriate actions to remain indoors while spraying is occurring.
Residents are also encouraged to follow the following guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health to protect themselves and their families against mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile Virus and Zika Virus:
Avoid mosquito bites. It is import to prioritize personal protection to prevent mosquito bites.
Help reduce mosquito breeding around your home. Get rid of potential mosquito breeding sites to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases.
Have all horses vaccinated against West Nile Virus. All horse owners should vaccinate their animals against West Nile Virus. Contact your vet for more information.
For information on mosquito control activities and up-to-date mosquito-borne disease information, visit www.tchdnow.org or call 330-343-5550.