PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The most recent round of testing for West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Rhode Island came back negative for both mosquito-borne illnesses, the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced Friday.
The DEM said it tested 107 mosquito samples trapped across the state on Sept. 11.
To date, 10 samples from seven Rhode Island communities have tested positive for WNV and four tested positive for EEE.
Despite the mosquito population decreasing as temperatures begin to cool, the state’s Mosquito Abatement Coordinator Alan Gettman said the risk of being bitten remains high. He advised residents to continue to protect against mosquito bites and eliminate breeding grounds when possible.
The threat of mosquito-borne diseases typically lasts until the first frost, according to the DEM.