No West Nile found in latest mosquito tests in Rhode Island

This 2006 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host.

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

The Department of Environmental Management said Wednesday that 96 mosquito samples from 26 traps set statewide on Aug. 9 tested negative for both West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis.

Earlier this month, the agency reported one confirmed finding of West Nile virus and one confirmed finding of EEE in a mosquito sample in Rhode Island. There are no confirmed human cases in the state.

West Nile has been detected in mosquito samples trapped in Massachusetts and Connecticut. EEE was found in a mosquito trapped in southeastern Massachusetts.

The agency traps mosquitoes weekly and tests them at the state health laboratories.

Test results are pending for 32 traps set on Aug. 15.

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