Mary Alice Reporting:

(Friday, August 10th) Tuscarawas County, Ohio – Nine more mosquito trapping sites have come back positive for the West Nile Virus.

Earlier this week, the Tuscarawas County Health Department confirmed two locations in the Village of Tuscarawas tested positive. The new locations are concentrated in the northern part of the county.

Environmental Health Director Caroline Terakedis explains that this year has seen above average West Nile activity across the state. Locally, this is attributed to the Health Department having the funds available to conduct mosquito trappings.

“This is only the second year the Tuscarawas County Health Department has been able to have a surveillance program where we catch the mosquitoes, we trap them, and we send them to Columbus for testing.”

Terakedis says that spraying will begin with weather permitting Monday in the new areas within a two-mile radius, and anyone with respiratory conditions should take appropriate precautions.

Residents can reduce mosquito breeding sites at the home by eliminating any standing water.

“Even as something as small as a birdbath or a water can, it could become a mosquito’s breeding ground if it’s left with standing water in it, as well as tires.”

Horse owners are urged to vaccinate their animals against the West Nile Virus.

The new positive locations confirmed on Friday include:

  • Zoar School House in Zoar
  • Fort Laurens Museum in Bolivar
  • Bolivar Waterworks Park
  • Bolivar Commons Pool
  • A residential area on Indian Hills Drive NE in Bolivar
  • Ridge Road Cemetery in Sandy Township
  • Christian Chapel Church in Zoarville
  • A residential area on State Route 212 in Mineral City
  • A residential area on Raber Road in Fairfield Township

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