West Nile found in mosquitoes in Barrington

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Another batch of mosquitoes in Rhode Island has tested positive for West Nile virus.

The state Department of Environmental Management and the Department of Health said Wednesday that a sample from a trap set near Barrington High School on Sept. 3 was confirmed positive for the disease.

This is the fourth time West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes in the state this year, though officials say it is probably more widespread. The mosquitoes that tested positive are a species that bites birds and mammals.

State officials have also found eastern equine encephalitis, but no human cases of either EEE or West Nile have been reported in Rhode Island yet this season.

The findings are not unexpected at this time of the year.

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