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.