PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island environmental officials say the latest group of mosquitoes tested for West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis is free of disease.
The Department of Environmental Management said Monday that all 140 mosquito samples from 22 traps set statewide during the week of June 24 have been confirmed negative.
The department said the remaining 32 samples from seven traps set during the week of June 10 have also been confirmed negative for West Nile and EEE.
No mosquitoes have tested positive in the state yet this year.
Officials are urging residents to take precautions against getting bitten. Heavy June rainfall has brought a bumper crop of mosquitoes this year. It isn't known whether that will mean more cases of disease.