WNV, EEE tests ending for the season

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The latest tests of mosquito samples in Rhode Island have tested negative for two notable mosquito-borne illnesses.

And as the mosquito population has dropped naturally, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says it is going to end weekly tests for the season.

None of the 81 mosquito pools and 37 traps set out September 28 contained West Nile Virus (WNV) or Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), the DEM’s Gail Mastrati said Tuesday. No traps have been set since then.

While the mosquito numbers dwindle at this time of year, the first hard frost has not arrived, which the DEM said eliminates the risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases.

The occasional mosquito may still linger in the area, particularly on warmer days and nights.

The DEM tallied four samples of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes this year: North Kingstown, Tiverton, Cranston, and South Kingstown. No samples of EEE showed up.

Further, no human cases have been reported in Rhode Island of WNV or EEE this year.

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