Environment
12:43 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

RI Mosquitoes Test Positive for EEE

For the first time this year, mosquitoes trapped in Rhode Island have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a virus characterized by the sudden onset of  headache, high fever, chills and vomiting.  A second mosquito batch has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Test results from a trap in West Kingston have been confirmed positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile virus. It’s the first time this year that EEE has been positively identified in Rhode Island, although it is presumed likely to be present in other parts of the state. The strain found was of a species that bites both birds and mammals.

In addition to the EEE finding, West Nile Virus was found in a pool of 50 mosquitoes trapped in West Kingston’s Great Swamp. It was the fourth positive sample for West Nile Virus this season.  As a consequence, the state Department of Environmental Management will be setting extra mosquito traps in the South County area for additional monitoring.

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