Mosquito samples test negative for viruses in Rhode Island

Mosquito testing in Kent County has revealed the presence of West Nile Virus for the first time this season. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

There have been four human cases of the virus reported from Kings, Kern, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties.

These are the first confirmed birds that tested positive for West Nile virus in Bayfield County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1 of this year.

That's because standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. "We will not be able to completely eradicate West Nile virus from the mosquito population, but we can reduce human transmission and save lives". The new samples, all Culex pipiens-restuans, were collected from July 31 to August 6 in Lindenhurst, Copiague, North Babylon, West Babylon, West Babylon, Nesconset, Port Jeff Station, Rocky Point, East Hampton, Huntington, Dix Hills, Greenlawn and Southold.

Less than one percent of people infected with the virus get seriously ill with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis and coma.

Eight people have tested positive for West Nile in Nebraska so far this year, and the West Nile virus has been found in the blood of eight blood donors, according to the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services.

Vanessa Coleman