Mosquitoes negative for West Nile, encephalitis

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Mosquitoes tested in Rhode Island for West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis remain free of the diseases.

The state Department of Environmental Management said Monday that all 163 mosquito samples from 33 traps set statewide during the week of July 22 came back negative.

No mosquitoes have tested positive in Rhode Island yet this year. Infected mosquitoes have been found in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Environmental officials urge residents to try to prevent mosquito bites by covering up at dawn and dusk and using insect repellant. Residents are also urged to eliminate areas of standing water, where mosquitoes breed.

Mosquitoes are trapped and tested every week by the state from summer into fall.

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