No West Nile found in latest mosquito tests in Rhode Island

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — 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 Monday that 101 mosquito samples from 32 traps set statewide during the week of Aug. 12 came back negative for both West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis.

Results from 239 additional samples collected from 45 traps set Aug. 12 and Aug. 17 are pending.

On Aug. 19, DEM reported that West Nile had been found in a sample of mosquitoes collected Aug. 12 in North Kingstown.

It was the first time the virus was found this season.

The DEM advises people to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito-borne illnesses, including Eastern equine encephalitis, which has not been found in the region this year.

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