- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island officials are warning that West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes in West Kingston.

The state Department of Environmental Management and Department of Health said Thursday a sample of mosquitoes collected Sept. 21 tested positive. It’s the fourth finding in Rhode Island of West Nile virus in mosquitoes this year.

No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in the state.

West Nile can cause flu-like symptoms. It’s usually not fatal, but can cause serious illness in older people or those with some chronic health conditions.

The DEM advises precautions against mosquito-borne illnesses such as bug spray and wearing long pants, long-sleeves shirts and socks when outdoors at night.

There have been no reports of Eastern Equine Encephalitis this year.


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