PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island environmental officials say a horse has died after being diagnosed with eastern equine encephalitis.
The state announced Thursday that the 1-year-old animal from southwestern Rhode Island was euthanized last week.
Officials also reported Thursday that the most recent mosquito tests were negative for EEE and West Nile virus.
Earlier this week the state announced that a 33-year-old Exeter man was hospitalized for West Nile virus earlier this month. He has since been released. No human cases of EEE have been reported in Rhode Island so far this year.
Mosquito-borne viruses pose a greater threat this time of year. People are urged to use repellent and cover up when outdoors at dusk and dawn. The risk of infection will continue until the season's first hard frost.