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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Rhode Islands Department of Health is doubling down on their efforts to combat the spread of EEE in the Ocean State.

On Friday they announced they will be starting overnight aerial spraying over areas in the state where the risk of EEE is the highest.

The areas planning to be prayed include:

  • Northern RI communities bordering the Massachusetts towns of Uxbridge, Douglas, and Mendon where EEE was confirmed in 3 horses.
  • An area of Central Falls where EEE was detected in two mosquitos.
  • Parts of Westerly where two mosquitos’ and a horse detected positive for EEE.
  • West Warwick where the only human case of EEE in RI this year has been detected.

Despite the state taking extra measures to prevent the spread of EEE, they are still urging people to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

“Although spraying will take place in a few select sites in Rhode Island, people in these communities and throughout the state should continue to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites,” said RIDOH Deputy Director Ana Novais.

“Your first line of protection remains limiting time outdoors at sunrise and sundown, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outside, and using EPA-approved bug spray that has DEET.”

WLNE-TV / ABC6 2019