PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — No further instances of West Nile virus or eastern equine encephalitis have been found in mosquitoes in Rhode Island.
The state's Department of Environmental Management said last week that two mosquito samples had tested positive for the viruses. On Monday they announced that tests of the remaining 142 mosquito samples turned up no further evidence of either disease.
The state routinely traps mosquitoes to check for West Nile and EEE. Both diseases are more prevalent in late summer and early fall. No human cases of the diseases have been reported yet this year.
Officials say preventing bites is the best way to protect against mosquito-borne illness. Residents are urged to use bug repellant and cover up at dawn and dusk.