No West Nile virus detected in RI mosquitoes

7/22/2013 9:45 AM
By Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State tests on mosquitoes in Rhode Island continue to show no sign of West Nile virus or eastern equine encephalitis.

The state Department of Environmental Management said Monday that test results from all 180 mosquito samples from 33 traps set statewide during the week of July 8 came back negative.

No mosquitoes have tested positive yet in the state this year. A mosquito just across the border in Voluntown, Conn., was recently found to be infected with EEE, so officials are on heightened alert in southwestern Rhode Island.

Environmental officials say the best way to protect against mosquito-borne illnesses is to prevent bites. Residents are urged to use mosquito repellant and cover up during dawn and dusk.

Officials also say residents should eliminate areas of standing water where mosquitoes breed.

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