The Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project urges the public to wear mosquito repellent when going outdoors. This week Eastern Equine Encephalitis was found in mosquitos tested in Mashpee. The Mashpee sample was collected at Great Hay Road.
Another sample of mosquitos taken at Walker Street in Falmouth also tested positive for EEE. Bourne, Falmouth, Wellfleet and Truro are considered at moderate risk for EEE and Wareham is rated at critical risk. All other Cape towns are considered at low risk. Massachusetts currently has reported eight human cases of EEE this year. The mortality rate for EEE patients in Massachusetts is 50%. Survivors often suffer lifelong neurological issues.