WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials say another mosquito sample — this one from Westerly — has tested positive for West Nile virus.
The state Department of Environmental Management said Tuesday that a sample from a trap at the edge of Chapman Swamp has been confirmed positive for the virus. The mosquitoes are from a species that bites both birds and mammals.
The finding came from a sample that was trapped Sept. 10 and tested at the state health department's lab.
This is the fifth batch of mosquitoes to test positive this season for West Nile. One human case of West Nile fever was reported in the state. The patient recovered.
Five separate mosquito samples have also tested positive this year for Eastern equine encephalitis.