West Nile found in mosquito in Westerly
The state Department of Environmental Management recently announced that a sample of mosquitoes collected on July 9 in Chapman Swamp in Westerly has tested positive for West Nile virus. Samples are tested weekly at the health department’s laboratory.
The sample of 35 mosquitoes is a species that can bite both birds and humans. West Nile Virus is increasingly being detected in mosquito samples trapped at multiple locations in Boston, western Connecticut and Long Island. While eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) has not yet been isolated in Rhode Island this season, it was recently isolated in mosquitoes trapped in the Massachusetts towns of Lakeville, Carver, Rehoboth and Easton. Both diseases are more prevalent in late summer and early fall.