Stories tagged with: Matt Hemmer

June 9, 2015 - 4:31pm
24 weeks 3 days ago

Ticks are on the rise this season, so be cautious before spending time outdoors.

It is always important to take preventative measures against ticks, as they can carry serious and possibly fatal diseases. Matt Hemmer of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department talked to us about ways to keep you safe this season.

"Ticks are most prevalent in wooded areas and brushy areas with tall grass, so things you can do to protect yourself are to avoid those areas, if possible,...

June 3, 2015 - 4:57pm
25 weeks 2 days ago

Muskingum County began its annual mosquito control spraying in response to the heavy population of mosquitoes this season.

West Nile virus has already been detected in Franklin County, after mosquitoes found in the area tested positive for the virus. Public Health Sanitarian, Matt Hemmer, said the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department is taking proper precautions here to help control the problem and prevent potential spread.

"Due to the high amount of rain that we...

July 14, 2014 - 5:28pm
1 year 19 weeks ago

Public health officials and officials from Falls Township met with the Muskingum County Commissioners Monday to discuss a growing sewage problem for an area neighborhood.

The problem is occurring in a residential area of approximately 116 homes in Licking View. Many homes in the area were built from the 1920s to the 1950s when regulations were not as strict as they are now. Public Health Sanitarian Matt Hemmer said collection systems that were made to work at the time are now...

July 11, 2014 - 9:44am
1 year 19 weeks ago

This week Columbus health officials announced two pools of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus.

Last year in Ohio only four cases of West Nile were reported. In fact 80 percent of those with West Nile never develop symptoms.

"The Health Department uses treatment methods the same whether we are in an outbreak or not," said Public Health Sanitarian Matt Hemmer. "We are able to ramp up our treatments if need be, but usually we attempt to cover the county in...

June 26, 2013 - 9:50am
2 years 22 weeks ago

Going on vacation should be an enjoyable time for most people.

But, there could be a problem lurking under mattresses and other furniture in hotel rooms. The Muskingum County Health Department said there's been a rise in bedbug complaints mostly due to increased travel and regulation of pesticides that controlled the pests in the past. To make sure you don't bring home an unwanted souvenir from your trip there are some things you can do.

"Isolate your belongings, your...

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