West Nile virus, EEE found in Rhode Island for first time this year

This is a file image of a mosquito. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said Wednesday that they detected Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile virus for the first time this year in mosquito samples.

The EEE-positive sample was collected in South Kingstown and the West Nile-positive sample was collected in Westerly, both on Aug. 9.

EEE is rare in humans but very serious, while West Nile is more common, according to the department. Nearly 30% of people die from EEE.

The Rhode Island Department of Health advises people to limit their exposure to mosquitoes until the first hard frost.

So far this year, neither Massachusetts or Connecticut has reported any EEE findings.

There has also not been any human or animal cases of West Nile or EEE reported in Rhode Island, Massachusetts or Connecticut.

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