In addition to the discoveries of EEE on and off Cape Cod, it appears the West Nile Virus has found it’s way to the Cape via disease carrying mosquitoes. A Culex mosquito was trapped Aug. 7 near Route 149, and tested positive for the West Nile Virus. This is the first discovery of 2012 of this disease on Cape Cod.
The West Nile Virus comes from infected birds and is transmitted to mosquitoes as they feed. The symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands.Infected individuals may develop a rash on their chest, stomach and back. Less than 1 percent of those stricken with West Nile virus will develop severe illness, including encephalitis or meningitis.
As far as precautions to be taken, you should follow the same rules we have been pointing out in regards to the EEE threat. Be diligent on the removal of standing water in watering cans, buckets, birdbaths should not be functional this time of year, and be sure your gutters are draining properly. You should go through this checklist after every rainfall. Check your window screens to be sure you aren’t allowing any mosquito entry into your home and wear insect repellent and long sleeves and pants if you can when spending time outdoors.
As of this post, there are no planned sprays by the town on Cape Cod.
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