- Associated Press - Friday, July 28, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State environmental officials have not found West Nile virus or eastern equine encephalitis in the latest round of mosquito tests in Rhode Island.

The Department of Environmental Management says 110 mosquito samples from 28 traps set statewide on July 5 and 106 mosquito samples from 28 traps set on July 10 tested negative.

The department said earlier this month that the first mosquitoes of the year had tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis virus. The virus was found in mosquito samples collected in Tiverton, Pawtucket and Westerly June 26.

The remaining 95 samples from 24 traps set June 26 tested negative for West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis.

The agency traps mosquitoes weekly and tests them at state health laboratories.

Results are pending for traps set July 17.

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