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Addiitonal Pools of Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus

For immediate release

Contact: Caroline Terakedis, Katie Seward

(330) 343-5555 x115, x164

RE: 4 additional pools of mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in Tuscarawas County

The Tuscarawas County Health Department has been conducting trapping for the culex species of mosquito throughout the summer in Tuscarawas County. TCHD was notified on Monday, July 16, 2018 that 4 additional pools of mosquitos tested positive for the W. Nile Virus. While there are 4 pools that tested positive, the pools were obtained from 2 locations only all collected in the same day. The locations of the traps that collected the positive pool are as followed:

McClusky Park, Dennison

Thornwood Park, Jewett Road, Dennison

The Health Department will be responding to the positive pools according to Center for Disease Control Guidelines. Spraying within a two mile radius of the location of the positive pool will occur on more than one occasion beginning on Thursday, July 19. It is important to note that spraying has already occurred in the locations listed above due to high trap counts last week. In the case of rain, high winds or cold temperatures spraying will be postponed. Persons with respiratory problems should take appropriate actions to remain indoors while spraying is occurring.

The Health Department had been notified earlier in the month that there was a positive pool in Warren Township. Spraying has already occurred in this area.

Residents are encouraged to follow the following guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health:

Avoid mosquito bites. It is import to prioritize personal protection to prevent mosquito bites.
•Wear EPA-registered mosquito repellents whenever mosquitoes are present and follow label instructions.
•Wear long, loose, light-colored clothing.
•Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside.

Help reduce mosquito breeding around your home. Get rid of potential mosquito breeding sites to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases.
•Empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths.
•Consider using products containing Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti), available at many garden and home improvement stores, to control mosquito larvae in containers that are too large to empty. Follow the label instructions.


Have all horses vaccinated against WNV. All horse owners should vaccinate their animals against West Nile Virus. Contact your vet to find out more information on this important vaccine.


Taking these steps will help protect against mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile Virus and Zika Virus.


For information on mosquitos control activities or for up-to-date mosquito-borne disease information, please visit us at www.tchdnow.org or call 330.343.5550.

Mosquito Spraying July 10th at McCluskey Park

Tuscarawas County Health Department will be doing Mosquito Spraying at McCluskey Park around 8:30 pm Tuesday, July 10th.

Memorial Day Services in the Twin Cities

Here is a poster of the Memorial Day Services throughout the Twin Cities. 


Street Sweeping

The next Street Sweeping dates are:

June 5th     Downtown and North end

June 6th     South end and Park area

Please have your vehicles moved off of the streets by 6 am in your area on the day of sweeping.  Thank you!

Spring Clean Up Days, May 8 & 9

 The Village of Dennison will hold spring cleanup on Tuesday, May 8th and Wednesday, May 9th. This is an opportunity for residents to clean up their properties and dispose of items at no charge.


Items include appliances such as stoves, refrigerators and freezers (with the Freon removed) washers and dryers, and home furnishings, large outdoor items, mattresses, computers, microwaves, and auto parts. Items will be recycled if possible.


We will not accept tires, televisions, fluorescent lights, hazardous materials, liquids, paint, batteries, oil and regular trash.   This service is free to all residents who reside within the corporation limit of the Village of Dennison. The Village reserves the right to limit the amount of items picked up at each residence.


For pickup of items or questions, please call the Tammie Taggart at the Mayor’s office at 740-922-4072, ext. 4 with an address and brief description of the items to be picked up. Items should be placed curbside on the day of pick up. No items will be picked up after Wednesday, May 9th.


 For lawn care items such as grass clippings, small branches, and leaves, the Village has a Yard Waste bin at the street department garage located at 20 Welch Street available for use by all residents of the Twin City area throughout the year.  This is free of charge for residential use only. No commercial mowers or landscapers please.

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