Ohio Department of Health Cautions Residents

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Michele Spring Reporting:

(May 10, 2018) Tuscarawas County, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Health is urging residents to take precautions to prevent bites from ticks and mosquitos when outdoors.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, most diseases in Ohio that are caused by the bite of an infected tick or mosquito happen between Spring and Fall when they are most active during warmer months. The most common disease caused by tick bites is Lyme disease. There were 270 confirmed cases in Ohio last year.

Tuscarawas County Health Department’s Public Health Nurse Chelsea Martin explains what to do to prevent bites.

“Avoiding areas of high grass or bushy areas, walking in the middle of the trails. You can use insect repellant registered with the Environmental Health Protection Agency, put that on exposed skin if you’re going to be outside. Wear long sleeves and tuck in your pants so they can’t crawl through there. And bathing and showering as soon as you get home.”

The most common disease caused by a bite from a mosquito is the West Nile Virus. In Ohio last year there were 34 reported cases.

Martin also recommends doing a full-body tick check as soon as you get home. Be sure to check your hair, your children, and your pets thoroughly.

“Tumble drying your clothes on high heat for an hour can kill any remaining ticks and that comes from the Ohio Department of Health.”

Residents who think they have been bitten and are concerned should call your local healthcare provider or visit the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

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