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No West Nile virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis in latest Rhode Island mosquito tests

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — State environmental officials say they did not find West Nile virus in the latest round of mosquito tests in Rhode Island.

The state Department of Environmental Management said Tuesday that 134 mosquito samples from 23 traps set statewide during the week of June 23 came back negative for both West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Results from 149 additional samples collected from 29 traps set June 30 are pending.

To date, no mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile or Eastern Equine Encephalitis this year in Rhode Island.

DEM says the best prevention against mosquito-borne illness is preventing bites.

Residents are urged to use mosquito repellent, put screens on windows and doors and eliminate areas of standing water, where mosquitoes breed.

Mosquitoes are trapped weekly and tested into the fall.

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