Mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes trapped in Providence, East Providence and North Kingstown.

State health and environment officials say the infected mosquitoes were caught in traps set Sept. 9 in Providence’s Smith Hill neighborhood, in southern East Providence and central North Kingstown. They say the virus is likely to be present elsewhere in Rhode island too.

No human cases of the virus have been reported in Rhode Island so far this year. People are urged to use repellant and cover up when outdoors at dusk and dawn.

Eastern equine encephalitis has also been found in mosquitoes trapped in Rhode Island.

Officials say it’s not unexpected to find the viruses this time of year. They say the risk of infection will persist until the first hard frost.

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