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


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 117 mosquito samples from 37 traps set statewide on Sept. 14 came back negative for both West Nile and Eastern Equine encephalitis.

Results from 84 additional samples collected from 37 traps set Sept. 21 are pending.

DEM said last week it had found West Nile in a sample for the third time this year. No mosquitoes have tested positive for Eastern Equine encephalitis this year in Rhode Island.

DEM urges residents 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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