No West Nile found in latest mosquito tests in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The most recent tests on mosquitoes in Rhode Island have found no sign of West Nile virus or eastern equine encephalitis.

The state Department of Environmental Management said Monday that all 156 mosquito samples collected from 33 traps set statewide on Aug. 5 came back negative.

Officials found West Nile virus in a July 29 sample from Providence. Eastern equine encephalitis has not been detected in mosquitoes in Rhode Island yet this season.

Both diseases are increasingly being found in samples in Connecticut and Massachusetts, which is not unusual at this time of year.

No human cases of West Nile or EEE have been reported in Rhode Island this year.

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