DOVER – Mosquitoes trapped on Florence Avenue in Dover Township tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

Health has trapped culex mosquito species throughout the summer in Tuscarawas County. The agency was told last week that a mosquito sample had tested positive.

The health department will respond to positive pools in these areas according to Center for Disease Control guidelines.

Spraying within two miles of the location of the positive basins will occur more than once. Spraying will take place in these areas this week.

In the event of rain, high winds or cold temperatures, spraying will be postponed. People with breathing problems should take proper steps to stay indoors while spraying.

“We don’t want anyone in our community to panic,” said Caroline Terakedis, the agency’s director of environmental health. “We are posting this advisory to let residents know that mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus are active in the area and to share steps you can take to help prevent exposure.”

Residents are encouraged to follow these recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health to avoid mosquito bites:

• Use insect repellant when you go outside;

• When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks when you are outdoors.

• Mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothing with a repellent will provide additional protection.

• Be extra careful during peak hours of mosquito bites at dusk and dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

Ways to protect your home from mosquitoes include installing or repairing screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out; use your air conditioning, if you have one; and help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by regularly emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water bowls, discarded tires and bird baths.

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