Environment
2:50 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

More Mosquito Pools Test Positive for West Nile in RI

Three more mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile virus. The positive results were from mosquitoes trapped in the Smith Hill area of Providence, in the southern section of East Providence, and in central North Kingstown. All of the mosquitoes were of a species that feeds on birds and mammals.

Three more pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
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The Department of Environmental Management says these findings are not unexpected this time of year.

So far this year in Rhode Island, seven pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus and four pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. There have been no reported cases of either disease in humans.

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