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.
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.
Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management is encouraging residents to protect themselves during mosquito season.
The Department of Environmental Management says that the test results from all 180 mosquito pools from 33 traps set statewide during the week of July 8th are negative for both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
So far this year, no mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus or EEE in Rhode Island.
A Rhode Island Hospital neurologist says there’s evidence that early, aggressive treatment can help the unlucky few who catch Eastern Equine Encephalitis each year in the United States. Neurointensivist (a neurologist with additional training in intensive neurological conditions) Dr. Linda Wendell has published an account of the hospital’s successful treatment of a young man with EEE.