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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:

November 9, 2000

Contact:

Malcolm Grant 222-6605
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418

DEM BIRD DATA REPORT SHOWS WEST NILE VIRUS IN ADDITIONAL BIRDS
DEM's West Nile Virus/EEE Web Page

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management reports that, not unexpectedly, 13 birds have been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus during the past two weeks by the University of Rhode Islandís Mosquito Virus Testing laboratory. Although the mosquito season is over, DEM will continue to test birds for scientific data collection for the next few weeks. Despite extensive weekly mosquito trapping throughout the state from late May through mid-October, no mosquitoes in Rhode Island tested positive for West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Three hundred twenty-three have been tested for West Nile Virus and EEE since DEM's bird surveillance program began in late May, and results for another two are pending. Two hundred thirty-three of those birds have tested negative for either disease, 73 were previously reported as positive for West Nile Virus and four were previously reported as positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Also previously reported was the presence of West Nile Virus in one horse, which was euthanized.

The latest West Nile-positive birds, which would have been infected weeks ago, include 12 crows and one blue jay collected in seven communities between October 16 and October 31, including three birds from Tiverton, which marks the first time West Nile Virus has been found in that town.

The crows were picked up from: North Quidnessett Road in North Kingstown on October 16, Ocean Road in Narragansett on October 17, Nanaquaket Road in Tiverton on October 17, Nagansett Avenue in Warwick on October 23, Cadberry Lane in Westerly on October 23, Country Court in East Greenwich on October 23, Baneberry Trail in Narragansett on October 24, Hazel Street in Coventry on October 26, Lake Avenue in Tiverton on October 30 (two birds), Manchester Circle in Coventry on October 30, and Sherwood Drive in Westerly on October 31. The blue jay was picked up from Bay View Drive in Westerly on October 18.

Although the mosquito season has ended for this year, toll-free protection information remains available during normal weekday business hours by calling HEALTHís Family Health Information Line at 1-800 942-7434 or DEMís Mosquito Information Line at 1-866-634-7500. It is also available online at www.health.state.ri.us and/or www.dem.state.ri.us.


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