A mosquito found in a trap in Barrington has tested positive for West Nile Virus, said officials from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
“Test results from one mosquito pool, or sample, from a trap set on September 3 in Barrington has been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus,” stated a press release from RI DEM.
According to the release, the mosquito was caught in a trap located near Barrington High School. The mosquito was of the Culex species which reportedly feeds on birds and mammals.
“It is the fourth time this year that WNV has been positively identified in Rhode Island, although it is presumed likely to be present in other areas of the state,” stated the release.
It’s been a busy week for DEM. On Tuesday, the agency announced that Eastern Equine Encephalitis had been discovered in mosquitos trapped in Tiverton and Westerly.
“In addition, it was announced that two mosquito pools — one trapped in Tiverton and one trapped in a remote area of northwestern Hopkinton close to the Connecticut border — were confirmed positive for Highlands J Virus,” the press release stated. “The positive Highlands J results were from a species of mosquitoes that bites birds. Highlands J virus is a bird disease that doesn’t affect humans, but which is an indicator that environmental conditions are appropriate for the transmission of other mosquito-borne viruses.
“Throughout the mosquito season, which typically lasts through the first hard frost, residents are encouraged to protect themselves by eliminating mosquito breeding grounds and avoiding mosquito bites. Mosquito biting activity can be expected to be unseasonably high during these unusually warm evening temperatures today and tomorrow. Personal protection is the first line of defense against mosquitoes that can carry diseases such as WNV and EEE and is by far the most effective way of avoiding infection.”