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The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced Fridat that test results from two mosquito pools, or samples, from traps set in Tiverton and Pawtucket on July 30 have been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).

The mosquito was found in a trap near the intersection of Lower Marine Road and Bass Drive on the East side of Troy. "Since West Nile Virus has been detected, the community is being advised to protect themselves".

Health departments have also encouraged residents to remove items from the outside of their home that contain water - such as buckets or pet dishes - because it can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Empty, drain, remove, cover or turn upside down any container that can hold water.

Public health workers also advise removing standing water from your property.

Health officials say that most people infected with the virus do not see any symptoms.

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About 20 percent of infected people will have symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands, skin rash on chest, stomach and back.

Although humans and horses can become ill from the infection, the disease cannot be spread from people or horses. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

"This is the first direct evidence of West Nile activity in our area this summer", reads a release from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.

"One in 150 people will develop a neurological condition like encephalitis and things like that", said Sookoo.

Since 1999, when the virus was first detected in CT, cases have cropped up ever year. "These mosquitoes are most abundant in urban and suburban areas with dense human populations". To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

For more information on West Nile virus, visit the DHS website.

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