County Health Department
Board of Health Meetings
July 8th 3:30 pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July, 10, 2015
Contact: Office of Communications (614) 644-8562
Ohio’s Wet Summer Leading to Rise in Mosquitoes;
COLUMBUS – Ohio is experiencing a rise in mosquitoes this summer due to heavy rains. Mosquito pools from five local health jurisdictions across the state have tested positive thus far for the West Nile virus (WNV): Columbus (1), Franklin County (1), Richland County (1), Summit County (3), and Licking County (2). To date, no human cases of West Nile virus have been reported for 2014, Ohio had 11 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in people.
The primary way people get the West Nile virus is
when someone is bitten by an infected mosquito. Most people infected
with WNV will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected
with WNV will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body
aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Less than 1% of
infected people develop a serious neurologic illness, such as
encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding
Rains have caused standing water in many areas of Ohio, and mosquitoes breed and multiply in such water. Floodwater species such as Aedes vexans can become extremely abundant under such conditions.
“These positive tests in mosquitoes for West Nile virus are a good reminder that arbovirus season is underway and individuals should take precautions – use insect repellents, limit exposure when mosquitoes are active, and remove breeding sources – to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” said ODH Medical Director Mary DiOrio, M.D. “There is more mosquito activity now than we’ve seen at this time of year for several years – but still much lower than in our WNV outbreak years of 2002 and 2012.”
Here are some tips to avoid possible infection from mosquito bites:
o Wear EPA-registered mosquito repellents whenever mosquitoes are present and follow label instructions.
o Wear long, loose, light-colored clothing.
o Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside.
Here are some tips to help reduce mosquito breeding around your home:
o Remove temporary pools of water around your house and yard. Include clearing debris from ditches, cutting small channels to help pooling water drain, or filling in holes and tire ruts with dirt.
o Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used.
o Empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths.
Learn more about mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus
on the ODH website at;
Summary of Sewage treatment System Rule ChangesSummary of Sewage treatment System Rule Changes
On January 1, 2015 the new Ohio Sewage Treatment Rules became effective. Contractors and homeowners will both be affected by the changes. Below is a summary of the changes.
All persons registering as a sewage treatment system installer, service provider, or septage hauler shall take a test on the sewage treatment rules. The test is an open book test with 75 questions. The test will be available through local health districts, Ohio TRAIN, Operator Training of Ohio, and onsite and at Ohio Department of Health.
Septic Installers are required to carry a surety bond of $40,000, Septage Haulers and Service Providers must carry a surety bond of $25,000.
Installers, haulers and service providers must have proof of General Liability Insurance of not less than $500,000.
Homeowners will be affected in of ways that will likely increase the cost of installation and operation of the system.
Each lot must be evaluated by a soil scientist prior to a septic installation permit being issued. The soil evaluation itself will likely cost the homeowner $500 to $1000 dollars. The results of the soil evaluation will likely lead to a more complex or larger and more expensive sewage treatment system.
Each septic system installed after January 1, 2015 must be included in an Operation & Maintenance Program which will entail inspections, service calls, costs and fees as long as the system is being used.
Please contact Director of Environmental Health, John Shreve at the Monroe County Health Department for additional information or questions. (740) 472-1677 ext 206
"The mission of the Monroe County Health Department is to protect the health, safety, and well being of all county residents by providing high quality public health services. These services will be provided in an efficient and effective manner."
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We are now offering Baseline Water testing prior to oil and gas well drilling - Call John at 472-1677 ext 206
Should You Have Your Water Tested?
Modern oil and gas drilling is a highly technical and closely monitored process with regulations in place to protect underground sources of drinking water during and after the drilling process. The chance of ground water contamination is small but it is possible that groundwater quality can be impacted, especially near oil and gas well sites. Homeowners near such sites may want to consider drinking water testing for contaminants commonly associated with oil and gas drilling. The Monroe County Health Department can offer these testing services. A registered sanitarian on staff will collect the sample on site using EPA approved protocols. Water sample results are usually available within two weeks after testing. Please call the Monroe County Health Department at (740) 472-1677 extension 206 for more information such as prices and scheduling.
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