Fourth positive finding of EEE and first West Nile detection in Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) - A second mosquito sample at Chapman Swamp in Westerly tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), according to Rhode Island's Department of Environmental Management (DEM).
Both DEM and the Department of Health (DPH) also confirmed that mosquitos trapped in Tiverton became the first sample to test positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in the state in 2019.
There have been now been four EEE detections in Rhode Island.
Two of them in Central Falls and two in Westerly.
DEM says they have added 10 new traps in five new communities and now is trapping at 38 locations throughout the state.
DEM sets between 25 and 30 traps in Westerly, Charlestown, South Kingstown, North Kingstown, Exeter, Warwick, Cranston, Johnston, Providence, Central Falls, Pawtucket, East Providence, Barrington, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton, Portsmouth, and Newport.
"The mosquitoes testing positive for WNV came from a trap set in Tiverton. DEM has trapped WNV-positive mosquitoes from this same location in previous years," the DEM spokesman Mike Healey said in a statement.
There has been one human case of EEE in Rhode Island in West Warwick.
The last human case of EEE in Rhode Island was in 2010.
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