West Nile found in mosquito samples in Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Officials say two mosquito samples in Rhode Island have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said Friday they are the first findings of the West Nile Virus in Rhode Island this year. The mosquito samples were from traps set in Tiverton and Pawtucket on July 30.
Connecticut and Massachusetts have already reported findings of West Nile Virus this year. West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses are prevalent in the late summer and early fall.
Health officials are urging people to use EPA-approved bug spray and limit outdoor activity at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. They say residents should also put insect netting over strollers and playpens and wear long pants and sleeves when possible.