Tiverton mosquitos first to reveal West Nile Virus in RI this year

Posted 9/4/19

TIVERTON — The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced late Tuesday that mosquitoes trapped in Tiverton became the first sample to …

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Tiverton mosquitos first to reveal West Nile Virus in RI this year

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TIVERTON — The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced late Tuesday that mosquitoes trapped in Tiverton became the first sample to test positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in Rhode Island in 2019.

A second mosquito sample trapped at Chapman Swamp in Westerly tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

With the latest trapping and testing results, there have now been four EEE detections – two in Central Falls and two in Westerly – and one WNV detection statewide to date. On August 29, DEM confirmed EEE in a horse in Westerly. The following day, RIDOH confirmed the first human case of EEE in West Warwick.

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