West Nile Discovered in Woods Hole; Risk Level Unchanged

mosquitoWOODS HOLE – Officials are advising residents to be aware of the presence of West Nile Virus on the Cape.

A pool of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile last week in Woods Hole; it’s the first time the disease has been detected on Cape this year.

The risk level for West Nile Virus in Falmouth and across the Cape remains at low and has not been raised as a result of the discovery.

“It’s not a surprise at all,” said Gabrielle Sakolsky of the Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project, “I assume that West Nile Virus is here at low levels. We had that positive last week. Traps that were placed in that same area this week came back with no positive mosquitoes. That doesn’t mean it’s not there and that you shouldn’t take precautions, it just means that the disease is out there at a very low level.”

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Sakolsky advises residents to take basic precautions when it comes to mosquitoes, including wearing bug spray and making sure standing water is not left outside, “the simple stuff, that’s what works,” she said.