RI DEM: No EEE or West Nile Found, but Protect Yourself Just in Case

Jul 22, 2013

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.

During mosquito season, the DEM suggests that residents eliminate breeding grounds for the mosquitoes by removing anything that holds standing water, including old tires, buckets and junk.  Make sure to maintain swimming pools properly and clean gutters so they can fully drain. 

To prevent mosquito bites, use screens on windows and doors, put netting over playpens and carriages when they’re outside, cover up at dusk and dawn, and use bug repellent. 

Each week, mosquitoes are trapped statewide by the DEM and tested by the RI Department of Health. 

To learn more, visit www.dem.ri.gov and click on “Public Health Updates.” 

For Rhode Island Public Radio, I’m Talia Ghazal.