West Nile, encephalitis found in 2 mosquito pools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Mosquito samples in Rhode Island have tested positive for West Nile virus and, for the first time this year, Eastern equine encephalitis.

The state environmental management and health departments said Wednesday the results were from two mosquito pools from a trap set on Aug. 26 in the Great Swamp in South Kingstown. West Nile virus had previously been detected in mosquitoes in the state this season, but EEE had not.

The sample that tested positive for West Nile was from a species that feeds almost exclusively on birds. The sample that was positive for EEE was a species that bites birds and mammals.

A third mosquito pool from a trap set in Chapman Swamp in Westerly was confirmed positive for Highlands J virus, a bird disease.

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