mosquitoes

First Case Of West Nile Of The Season Found In South County

Aug 21, 2015
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After the discovery of West Nile Virus in a pool of mosquitos in South Kingstown, state officials say the virus is much more widespread. 

  The disease usually causes only mild flu-like symptoms. But, in a small number of cases, it can lead to more serious illness.

Alan Gettman heads the state’s mosquito abatement program.

“Citizens need to think about a report like this as meaning that the virus is established all over the state, and there’s not a hot spot that we’ve detected,” said Gettman.

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The town of Westerly plans to spray for mosquitoes Friday. Helicopters will drop granules of mosquito larvicide on about 500 acres in Chapman Swamp. 

 

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.

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The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has announced the first finding of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes in the state this year.

The department routinely checks mosquitoes for both West Nile Virus, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis starting in the late spring.

Alan Getman of the DEM said West Nile Virus has been in Rhode Island for twelve years, and today’s reappearance was not unexpected.

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.

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