Highland J virus found in Tiverton mosquitos

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mosquitoTest results from a mosquito trap set in the southern part of Tiverton has been confirmed positive for Highlands J Virus. The positive Highlands J result was 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.

The finding came from mosquitoes trapped by DEM staff on August 13 and tested at the RI Department of Health laboratory.  Tesults from the remaining 126 mosquito pools from 33 traps set statewide during the week of August 13 are negative for both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

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