According to DEM officials, West Nile Virus has been found in Charlestown mosquitoes, and the Highlands J virus in North Kingstown mosquitoes.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Release courtesy of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. The Department of Environmental Management announces that test results from one mosquito pool, or sample, from a trap set in the southeast area of Charlestown has been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus. It is the fourth time this year that WNV has been positively identified in Rhode Island. The positive WNV result was from a species of mosquitoes that feeds on both birds and mammals. In addition, a sample of mosquitoes also collected on Sept. 5 in North Kingstown near Wickford has tested positive for Highlands J virus. The positive result was from a Culiseta species that bites birds. Highlands J virus is a bird disease that doesn't affect humans, but which …
Mosquito breeding is picking up this time of year, and as a result, West Nile was found in samples from Chapman Swamp in Westerly.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The Department of Environmental Management announces 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 Rhode Island Health Department laboratory. The sample, or pool, 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 has not yet been isolated in Rhode Island this season, it was recently isolated in mosquitoes trapped in Lakeville, Carver, Rehoboth and Easton, Massachusetts. Both diseases are more prevalent in late summer and early fall. …