2013-09-26 / News

Mosquitoes in N.K. test positive

Mosquitoes from traps set in North Kingstown on Sept. 9 have tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to the state Health Department. The infected mosquitoes were of the Culex species that feed on birds and mammals. The positive sample in North Kingstown is the closest positive sample in proximity to Jamestown this year.

Earlier this week the Health Department also confirmed the first human case of mosquito-borne illness in the state. A 33-year-old Exeter man was diagnosed with viral meningitis caused by West Nile. The man first developed symptoms on Sept. 11. He was admitted to South County Hospital two days later, and was discharged on Sept. 17. The victim is now at home recovering.

There was also eastern equine encephalitis found from mosquitoes trapped in Exeter.

Along with the West Nile case in Rhode Island, there have been three confirmed human cases in Massachusetts, and two people infected in New Jersey died from the disease. Vermont has had one death due to EEE this year.

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