Nick McWilliams reporting – The Tuscarawas County Health Department has identified another positive test pool of mosquitoes for the West Nile virus.

The Ohio Department of Health notified the local health organization of the positive pool Wednesday, which was from the Ragersville Road area in Sugarcreek.

The testing pool is located near Ragersville Elementary around the intersection of Boltz Orchard Road.

Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the health department will take appropriate measures and conduct spraying around the area.

Due to projected severe weather through Friday and the weekend, crews will instead carry out the preventative measure in Auburn Township Monday evening, weather permitting.

For residents with respiratory issues, appropriate measures should be taken, including staying indoors during spraying.

Additionally, for homes that wish to be added to the no-spray list, contact the health department at (330) 343-5550 as soon as possible.

It marks the second positive pool of West Nile, with the first this year coming in Bolivar along Fort Laurens Road.

The leading cause of mosquito-borne illness in the U.S., the virus does not cause issues for most people, but one in five will develop symptoms like fever, headache, body aches, vomiting, and diarrhea. Fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

Residents are urged to use mosquito repellent with DEET, remove standing water from around their dwelling, and avoid outdoor activities when mosquitoes are most active from dusk to dawn.

Information about mosquito-borne illnesses can be found at www.tchdnow.org/mosquito-control.

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