Mosquito samples test negative for viruses in Rhode Island

West Nile Virus found in Kent County mosquitoes

Just because West Nile was only found in one zip code does not mean that is the only place the virus is present in Kent County, said Adam London, administrative health officer at the health department.

"With confirmation that West Nile virus is in the community, everyone needs to follow the recommendations for protecting yourself from mosquito bites", said Adi Pour, the county's health director.

Division of Fish and Wildlife Mosquito Control Section Administrator Dr. William Meredith says Mosquito Control will increase its mosquito population monitoring activities in targeted areas and continue to take appropriate control actions as warranted.


West Nile is an illness that can be deadly for people with weakened immune systems, and the elderly, according to the health department. The virus was found in mosquito samples collected in Tiverton, Pawtucket and Westerly on June 26. Mosquitoes get the virus when they feed on infected birds. In some people, it can cause a serious and potentially fatal infection of the brain and spinal cord.

Cumberland County's Vector Control Office will conduct an ultra-low volume mosquito control spraying on Monday in parts of Carlisle Borough, county officials announced in a news release Friday. And to avoid being outside during the peak mosquito hours of dawn and dusk.

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