PROVIDENCE COUNTY, RI — An individual contracted West Nile Virus in Rhode Island, the Division of Well being stated Friday. This was the primary human case in Rhode Island in 2022.
Well being officers stated the one that examined constructive was a resident of Windfall County of their 70s and is hospitalized after beginning to expertise signs of West Nile Virus nearly three weeks in the past.
West Nile Virus is extra widespread than EEE, and officers stated each turn out to be extra prevalent because the summer season season progresses. DEM officers are urging residents to take precautions and reduce their publicity to mosquitoes till the primary arduous frost of the yr.
“One of the simplest ways to forestall West Nile Virus and different mosquito-borne ailments is to forestall mosquitoes from breeding and to keep away from mosquito bites,” stated interim Director of Well being Utpala Bandy. “Mosquitoes breed in water, so it’s best to eliminate something round your own home and yard that collects water, corresponding to tires, planters, and previous trash cans or recycling bins. It is best to use repellent, and in addition put on long-sleeved shirts and lengthy pants when you find yourself outdoors, particularly at dawn and sundown. A couple of easy precautions may help you keep wholesome and protected when you find yourself open air spending high quality time with household and buddies.”
Officers say there are methods to guard your self from mosquitoes, which embrace placing screens on home windows and doorways, rescheduling outside actions for the night or early morning, carrying long-sleeve shirts and pants, and utilizing bug spray.
Moreover, eradicating mosquito breeding grounds is essential.
Officers say to take away gadgets round the home and yard that gather water. They word that only one cup of water can produce a whole bunch of mosquitos.