EEE virus found in Rhode Island
The R.I. Dept. of Health and the R.I. Dept. of Environmental Management advise all Rhode Islanders that a pool of mosquitoes from a mosquito-trapping site in Westerly has tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis. This is the first mosquito pool this summer to test positive for EEE.
“This is a reminder to all Rhode Islanders about the proper precautions to avoid mosquito bites – use bug spray with DEET and minimize outside activities at dawn and dusk,” said Director of Health David R. Gifford, MD, MPH.
Gifford offered the following tips to stay safe:
• Use bug spray with DEET. Make sure that bug spray does not have more than 30% DEET. Do not use bug spray with DEET on infants.
• At sunrise and sundown – when mosquitoes are most active – minimize outside activities. If you are outside, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants, and use bug spray.
• Put mosquito netting over playpens and baby carriages.
• Put screens on windows and doors. Fix screens that have holes.
• Get rid of anything around your house and yard that collects water. One cup of water can produce thousands of mosquitoes.
• Change the water in birdbaths at least two times a week.
• Clean gutters so that they can drain properly.
• Remove any water from unused swimming pools or boats, and cover them.