Mosquito samples test negative for West Nile and EEE

33 mosquito samples from traps set on June 27th have come back negative for both diseases.

Aedes aegypti mosquito
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI)- The Department of Environmental Management says 133 mosquito samples from traps set on June 27th have come back negative for both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

It’s the fourth straight week of negative tests.

Results are pending for the 36 traps set on July 5th.

Testing will continue through September.

To protect against mosquitoes that may carry WNV, EEE, and other diseases, the DEM is encouraging you to:

Eliminate anything from your yard that holds standing water, such as old tires and buckets.

Clean gutters so they drain properly.

Make sure swimming pools are treated with chlorine, pumps are running correctly, and water that collects on pool covers is removed.

And avoid being bitten by covering up at dusk and dawn, using mosquito repellent, window screens and netting over carriages and playpens when babies are outside.

 

 

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