Falmouth Health Department Issues Advisory on EEE Risk

FALMOUTH – The Falmouth Health Department is still investigating the recent discovery of mosquitoes with the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus.

“The three spots were actually about 100 feet from where I’m sitting at town hall,” said Health Agent Scott McGann.

“There’s a wetland back here that had a test look positive. There were three way down in Woods Hole off of Devils Lane and one off of Woods Hole Road.”

However, McGann advised that the risk of contracting EEE is extremely low.

“There’s been less than 100 cases since 1938, so it’s very rare,” McGann said.

Still, McGann and town officials are urging the public to take proper safety measures.

Residents should wear long sleeves and pants whenever possible, and apply insect repellent.

Drain any standing water in and around homes, and install screens in doors and windows. Also, be aware of peak mosquito times, which are in between dusk and dawn.

For more information and to learn other ways to prevent contracting EEE, visit www.mass.gov/mosquito-borne-diseases.

By: BRENDAN FITZPATRICK, CapeCod.com News Center

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