Ohio Sees First West Nile Case, New Phila Takes Early Action

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Michele Spring Reporting:

(Wednesday, June 13, 2018) New Philadelphia, Ohio – The New Philadelphia Health Department issued a notice to residents that they will begin mosquito spraying Thursday, June 14th.

Director of Environmental Health Lee Finley says the State Department of Health has already found a few pools of mosquitos that have tested positive for West Nile, which is the earliest Ohio has ever seen.

“We don’t know if it is going to be more of an issue come the summer or if it was just a one-time thing. But we would urge people to just take precaution. We cannot get every last mosquito that is out there, so toward dusk, if you’re going to be out I would suggest wearing long sleeves or long pants and use mosquito repellant.”

Spraying will begin at dusk in the southeast and southwest sections of the city and around the Tuscora Park and Waterworks Park area.

In case of rain, high winds, or cold temperatures spraying will be postponed until next week.

The health department warns residents with respiratory issues to take appropriate actions.

If you have any questions, call the health department at 330-364-4491, ext 1208.

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