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Rhode Island mosquitoes test negative for West Nile, EEE virus

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — The latest mosquitoes tested in Rhode Island have shown no signs of West Nile virus.

The Department of Environmental Management said Tuesday that all 64 mosquito samples from 20 traps set statewide on June 15 came back negative for West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis.

Lab results for 134 mosquito pools collected from 23 traps set June 22 are pending.

The department typically reports mosquito test results once a week from late June through September.

The best prevention against mosquito-borne illness is preventing bites. Residents are urged to use mosquito repellent, use screens on their windows and doors and eliminate areas of standing water, where mosquitoes breed.

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