PROVIDENCE — The state departments of Environmental Management and Health announced Friday that in the latest round of mosquito surveillance, one pool, or sample, of mosquitoes trapped in South Kingstown has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. DEM set traps on Oct. 7, submitting 52 samples to the State Health Laboratory, and the sole EEE detection was in a sample of mosquitoes that primarily bites birds.

With no additional aerial spraying planned, state officials again urged the public to take precautions against mosquito-borne diseases (EEE and West Nile virus) until the first hard frost. A hard frost is defined as three straight hours below 32 degrees, which kills adult mosquitoes.

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