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.
The State Department of Environmental Management has listed the local communities that have opened public cooling centers. The centers are meant for those seeking some relief from the heat and humidity.
RIEMA spokesperson Annemarie Beardsworth states that there are various public venues people can turn to for a break from the weather.
“Many of them are in libraries. There are some communities that utilize their senior center or their town hall. And each of those cities and towns sends us a listing of where the cooling centers are in their community.”
If you’re going outdoors this weekend, as many of us will, you’ll want to protect yourself against mosquito bites. The state Department of Environmental Management is reporting the largest crop of mosquitos in at least 21 years.
The reason: heavy rains last month. The warm, dry air mass that’s with us now is slowly killing the mosquito population, but the DEM’s Alan Gettman said they’ll be bad this weekend, particularly at fireworks shows.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is once again urging summer campers not to move firewood from outside the state. That’s to keep from spreading a couple of tree-killing invasive insects, which, so far, haven’t shown up in Rhode Island. But this year, they’re closer than ever.
The state Department of Environmental Management says a baby raccoon found in Coventry has tested positive for rabies. The animal was found May 29th in a rural area.
A family brought it into their home where it had contact with several adults and one child. Nine Rhode Islanders and two individuals from Connecticut who had known contact with the animal are now being treated for rabies exposure.