Nick McWilliams reporting – The Tuscarawas County Health Department received word this week that a second testing pool of mosquitoes had returned a positive result for West Nile virus.

The testing pool was located on Bank Lane in Dover, and recommendations are now being followed according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Spraying has been planned for the city on Thursday, pending inclement weather. All residents with respiratory issues should stay indoors during the spraying.

Most commonly spread to people through the bite of infected insects, the majority of individuals will not develop major symptoms. One in five affected people will develop a fever or potentially more severe symptoms that include joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.

Residents are advised to consider wearing long sleeves and long pants when outdoors to prevent bites, utilize insect repellant, and remove standing water to prevent breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

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