Rhode Island reports 5th West Nile finding in mosquitos

An Asian Tiger Mosquito. (Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said that West Nile Virus was detected for the fifth time this year in a mosquito sample collected in the state.

Unlike the prior samples, which were collected from Westerly, this case was found in Cranston.

The traps the samples came from were set on Aug. 21.

The DEM said that residents can help with mosquito control by removing backyard larval habitats, such as clogged gutters and puddles.

Residents should also look out for the Asian Tiger Mosquito, which is a daytime biter with a recognizable black and white pattern.

Guidelines to prevent mosquito bites released by the Rhode Island Departments of Environmental Management and Health. (Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management)

The DEM added that Massachusetts, which reported its first case of West Nile on July 6, has found 96 findings so far this year.

Meanwhile Connecticut, which tested its first positive sample on July 17, has announced 67 findings of the virus.

In addition, Massachusetts has confirmed two human cases of WNV while Connecticut has confirmed one so far this year.

The eastern equine encephalitis virus was found in Gloucester on Aug. 21.

The DEM said that although EEE is extremely rare in humans, it is very serious and has a much higher human mortality rate than West Nile.

Horse owners are also advised to vaccinate their animals early in the season.

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