PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — West Nile virus has been detected in two mosquito samples in Rhode Island.
State health and environmental officials announced Thursday that mosquitoes infected with the virus were collected Aug. 19 in Charlestown and South Kingstown.
The mosquito sample collected in Charlestown is from a species that bites humans.
As a result, officials advise anyone attending this weekend's Rhythm and Roots music festival in Charlestown to take "extra care" to avoid mosquito bites.
The virus has been found in three mosquito samples in the state so far this year. No human cases of the virus have been reported in Rhode Island so far this year.
The state routinely traps mosquitoes to check for West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis. Both diseases are more prevalent in late summer and early fall.