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News Release
RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release:

August 31, 2000

Media Contact:

Malcolm Grant 222-6605
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418 pager 482-2968

DEM'S WEEKLY MOSQUITO TESTING RESULTS SHOW NO PRESENCE OF WEST NILE VIRUS OR EEE

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has announced that test results on 60 pools of mosquitoes collected from 25 traps set statewide on August 21 are all negative for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Results were received Wednesday afternoon from the University of Rhode Island.

However, DEM reminds all Rhode Islanders to continue to take personal protection steps to avoid mosquito bites, and to prevent mosquito breeding grounds around their homes. Personal protection is the first line of defense against mosquitoes that can carry diseases such as EEE and West Nile Virus and is by far the most effective way of avoiding infection.

In addition, 84 birds have been tested for the two viruses since DEM's bird surveillance program began in late May, and results for another 21 are pending. Eighty of those birds have tested negative for either disease, three were previously reported as positive for West Nile Virus and one was previously reported as positive for EEE.

Results are pending for 71 pools from 26 traps set on August 28, and should be available next Thursday.

For questions about mosquitoes and personal protection, please call the Department of Health's Family Health information line weekdays at 1-800-942-7434 or call DEM's Mosquito Information Line weekdays at 1-866-634-7500. Information is also available on the HEALTH website at www.health.state.ri.us and on the DEM website at www.dem.state.ri.us.

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