PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The latest mosquito tests in Rhode Island have found no evidence of West Nile virus or Eastern equine encephalitis.
State environmental officials said Tuesday that while the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses persists, the number of mosquitoes is falling and weekly mosquito testing is over for the year. The last mosquito traps were set the week of Oct. 9.
Both West Nile and EEE have been found in several mosquito samples this year and human cases of West Nile have been reported.
The Department of Environment Management encourages residents to continue precautions against getting bitten, particularly on warmer days when mosquitoes are more active.
The state says the season's first hard frost should end the threat of mosquito-borne illness this year.