- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island health officials have confirmed that a Pawtucket resident is the first person to contract West Nile virus in the state this year.

The state Department of Health announced on Tuesday that the 49-year-old resident was diagnosed on Aug. 12 with meningoencephalitis caused by West Nile virus and admitted to the hospital that same day. Officials say the person was discharged Aug. 23 after recovering.

The department received confirmation of the test results on Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott says Rhode Islanders who spends time outside should protect themselves from mosquito bites.

The agency also urges residents to get rid of mosquito breeding grounds by eliminating any areas of standing water around their homes.

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