No West Nile, EEE in latest RI mosquito tests

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 124 mosquito samples from 29 traps set statewide during the week of July 13 came back negative for both West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis.

Results from 145 additional samples collected from 29 traps set July 20 are pending.

No mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile or EEE so far this year in Rhode Island.

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.

Mosquitoes are trapped weekly and tested into the fall.

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