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 Tisbury this week.
There has been positive result for West Nile Virus in West Tisbury couple of weeks ago and in Barnstable County (Woods Hole) as well as in other parts of the State during the summer.
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