West Nile Virus found in Cranston

By News Staff


The Department of Environmental Management says a sample collected in Cranston has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The sample was taken it the Knightsville area on September 14th, and is the third one found this year that has tested positive for the virus. There have been no human cases of the mosquito-borne illness reported in Rhode Island this year.

DEM says the positive findings are not unexpected, but serve as a reminder for the public to protect themselves from mosquito bites. People are urged to wear long sleeves and pants went out at night, and to wear bug spray.

The risk of catching a mosquito-borne illness typically lasts until the first frost.

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