Nationally, the Zika virus has raised a lot of concerns, but locals are also wondering if they should be worried.
The Zika virus has recently been discovered in the US, and while no cases of the virus have been reported locally, the Zanesville- Musingum County Health Department is monitoring the spread of the mosquito-borne disease that is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.
"Most of the cases that we've seen are cases of people who have traveled...
As mosquitoes continue to rise this season, the constant rain is not helping the problem.
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is still conducting its mosquito spraying to try to combat this issue, but Public Information Officer, Jennifer Hiestand, said there are other ways to help control the spread.
"Really the best thing that people can do, eliminate the standing water they have in their yards, flower pots, gutters, discarded tires, pool covers, bird baths,...
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.
The Ohio Department of Health has identified the state's first two human cases of West Nile Virus this year -- one of them right here in Muskingum County.
A 24-year-old Muskingum County woman was hospitalized with Encephalitis. The other case involves a 78-year-old Cuyahoga County woman. If you've been outdoors in an area where mosquitoes could be prevalent, Epidemiologist Kristen Baker said there are certain symptoms to look out for.
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...
Mosquitos are a serious concern this year thanks to all the rain.
The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department is reporting a large increase in the amount of calls to their offices for spraying help. Experts are telling residents they can reduce the amount of mosquitos around their homes by limiting their breeding grounds.
"What the individual can do, they can do several things. One they can check around their property and eliminate any conditions that may hold standing...
Another bi-product of the flooding will be mosquitoes. The bugs flock to flood pools because they are a good site for breeding.
"Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water because that is where they lay their eggs,” said Public Health Sanitation Specialist, Mike Hemmer. “Where their larva pupils stages are and that's where they are in a safe place, that they can grow and they can become adult mosquitoes."
Summer heat and moisture are two factors that bring out pesky mosquitoes.
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department typically starts spraying for mosquitoes in mid may and all the way through September. Luckily for this year, it has only sprayed 3 times, which is a slower summer start.
"So far this year it's been dry, so there haven't been too many complaints,”said mosquito intern, Levi Lamp. “But usually people just call in, give their address and their...