Mosquito test come back negative for WNV, EEE in Rhode Island

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PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – The latest round of mosquito testing in Rhode Island has come back negative for both West Nile and EEE.

The Department of Environmental Management announced today that mosquito samples from 24 traps set on Tuesday, September 20th and Wednesday, September 21st, tested negative for both diseases.

To date, there has been one confirmed finding of West Nile and one confirmed finding of EEE in a mosquito sample in Rhode Island.

There has also been one confirmed human case of West Nile Virus in Rhode Island.

WNV and EEE have also been detected in mosquito samples trapped in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

DEM issues weekly advisories on test results from late June through September, with additional reports as necessary.

Test results are pending for the 20 traps set on September 26th and 27th and will be included in next week’s announcement.