Mosquitoes test negative for West Nile

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

The Department of Environmental Management said Tuesday that all 115 mosquito samples from 33 traps set statewide during the week of Aug. 18 came back negative for West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis.

Lab results for 81 mosquito pools collected from traps set Aug. 25 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.

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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