Last week Falmouth officials announced the presence of West Nile Virus in Falmouth and Thursday, Barnstable officials did the same--this time in Marstons Mills.
According to the Town of Barnstable, recent Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) testing revealed mosquitos positive for West Nile Virus in the area.
In addition to working with MDPH, Barnstable officials have contacted the Cape Cod Mosquito Control Program (CCMCP). In light of the most recent finding, CCMCP has increased mosquito control treatment in the wetlands and catch basins of Marstons Mills.
West Nile Virus was last detected in Barnstable in 2012.
Anyone headed outside should wear appropriate clothing and use bug spray especially if they will be outside around dusk and in the evening--the favorite feeding time for mosquitos.
According to mosquitos.org, West Nile Virus was first detected in the United States in 1999 in New York City. It has since spread across the country.
The majority of people infected with West Nile Virus, may never show any symptoms. Those over 60 are at a great risk for illness if bitten by an infected mosquito. People with certain health issues including diabetes and cancer are also at a greater risk for illness. According to the CDC, as of July 2013, the majority of West Nile Virus activity in Massachusetts has been non-human. See the data map here.
For more information about mosquitos, visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's mosquito page here.