Mosquitoes test negative for West Nile

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island environmental officials say they have found no West Nile virus in the latest batch of mosquitoes tested in the state.

The Department of Environmental Management said Tuesday that all 97 mosquito samples from 34 traps set statewide during the week of Aug. 12 came back negative for West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis.

Lab results for 115 mosquito pools collected on Aug. 18 are pending.

One prior sample from the traps set Aug. 4 tested positive for West Nile. It was from the Great Swamp area in South Kingstown.

Officials say the best prevention against mosquito-borne illness is preventing bites. Residents are urged to use mosquito repellent, use screens on their windows and doors and eliminate areas of standing water, where mosquitoes breed.

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