West Nile Virus detected in mosquitoes found in Barnstable

Mosquitoes collected in Marstons Mills test positive for WNV

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Mosquitoes collected in Marstons Mills have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to a statement issued by the Town of Barnstable.  The town's Public Health Division confirmed the recent findings as reported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).

Mosquitoes in Barnstable have not tested positive for West Nile Virus since 2008.

West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. While people of all ages may be affected, those over 50 are at a higher risk for infection.

The public is reminded to take simple precautions to avoid mosquitoes including wearing insect repellent, avoiding the peak mosquito biting hours of dawn and dusk, wearing protective clothing and removing standing water--breeding grounds for mosquitoes--from your property.

Aerial spraying was conducted off Cape Monday night in the towns of Bridgewater, Easton, Norton, Raynham, Taunton and West Bridgewater. There are currently no plans to spray areas of the Cape.

Most recently, EEE, another mosquito-borne virus, was detected in Brewster.

To learn more about West Nile Virus, visit the CDC website here.

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