Mosquitoes negative for West Nile virus, EEE

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State officials say no West Nile virus has been found in the latest batch of mosquitoes to be tested in Rhode Island.

The state Department of Environmental Management said Monday that all 69 mosquito samples from 32 traps set statewide during the week of Sept. 15 came back negative for both West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis.

Results from 31 samples collected last week are pending at the laboratory at the state Department of Health.

West Nile has been found in mosquitoes in Rhode Island twice this year, though no human cases have been reported. EEE hasn’t been found in mosquitoes.

DEM reminds residents that the best way to protect against diseases carried by mosquitoes is to prevent bites in the first place.

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