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R.I. mosquitoes test positive for West Nile

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MOSQUITOES IN R.I. have tested positive for the West Nile virus.
Posted 8/8/12

PROVIDENCE – A second pool of mosquitoes in Rhode Island have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, according to the R.I. Department of Environmental Management.

Mosquito samples are tested weekly at the R.I. Health Department laboratory. DEM said the positive results are not unexpected, but urged residents to protect themselves by eliminating mosquito breeding groups and avoiding mosquito bites.

“West Nile Virus is increasingly being detected in mosquito samples trapped at multiple locations in Massachusetts, Western Connecticut, and Long Island,” said a DEM release. “While Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has not yet been isolated in Rhode Island this season, it was recently isolated in mosquitoes trapped in numerous locations in southeastern Massachusetts.”

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">News sources report that West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitoes in New Bedford, Dartmouth and Fall River. The Mass. Department of Public Health has been conducting aerial spraying in Bridgewater, Easton, Norton, Raynham, Taunton and West Bridgewater to ward against EEE.

According to DEM, both EEE and West Nile are more prevalent in late summer and early fall.

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