- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State environmental officials say they did not find West Nile virus in the latest round of mosquito tests in Rhode Island.

The state Department of Environmental Management said Tuesday the remaining 81 mosquito samples from 37 traps set statewide on Sept. 28 came back negative for both West Nile and Eastern Equine encephalitis.

Officials say no traps have been set since then because of the small number of mosquitoes collected in late September. The number of mosquitoes dwindles naturally at this time of year.

West Nile was found in four mosquito samples this year, in North Kingstown, Tiverton, Cranston and South Kingstown.

Eastern equine encephalitis was not found in Rhode Island mosquitoes this season.

There were no reported human cases of either virus.


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