Dukes County received a report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) State Laboratory that West Nile virus (WNV) was detected in a mosquito collected in West Tisbury.
There have been positive results for West Nile Virus in Barnstable County (Woods Hole) as well as in other parts of the State.
Health officials say the best way to prevent infection is to wear clothing that covers arms, legs, and feet, apply insect repellent while outdoors, reschedule activities from dusk or dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
Residents are also encouraged to practice source reduction:
• Drain buckets, barrels, tarps, and wheel barrows to avoid water accumulation
• Change the water twice each week in birdbaths and outdoor pet water dishes
• Keep rain gutters clean of debris
• Check children's outdoor toys for water accumulation
Dukes County Manager