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No West Nile virus or eastern equine encephalitis found in latest Rhode Island mosquito tests

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — State environmental officials have not found West Nile virus in the latest round of mosquito tests in Rhode Island.

The state Department of Environmental Management said Tuesday that 172 mosquito samples from 37 traps set statewide during the week of July 27 came back negative for both West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis.

Results from 105 additional samples collected from 37 traps set Aug. 3 are pending.

No mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile or EEE so far this year in Rhode Island but state officials urge that precautions still be taken.

The agency 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.

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