Environment
3:05 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

More Mosquito Samples in RI Test Positive for EEE

Test results from two mosquito pools in Rhode Island have come back positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. This is the second time EEE has been confirmed in the state this year.

Four pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus, and three pools for EEE in Rhode Island this year.
Four pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus, and three pools for EEE in Rhode Island this year.

The samples came from traps set in Tiverton and Westerly.  The Department of Environmental Management says the findings aren’t surprising for this time of year, and it’s likely that EEE is present in other parts of the state.

Furthermore, two mosquito pools in Tiverton and Hopkinton have confirmed positive results for Highlands J Virus, that virus is a bird disease that doesn’t affect humans.

So far this year, four pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus, and three pools for EEE. There have been no reported cases of either virus in humans.

In other New England states, there has been one confirmed human case of West Nile in Massachusetts and one death from EEE in Vermont.