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POLL: More EEE Virus Found In Tiverton Mosquitoes

Do you think the town should spray pesticides after the state Department of Environmental Management announced it found more cases of EEE in mosquitoes caught in town yesterday?

The Department of Environmental Management announced that test results from one mosquito trap set in a rural area in central Tiverton has been confirmed positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

It is the second time this year that EEE has been positively identified in Tiverton. The positive EEE result was from a Culex species that feeds on birds and mammals.

The positive EEE finding came from mosquitoes trapped by DEM staff on Aug. 20 and tested at the state Department of Health (HEALTH) laboratory. The results were confirmed Monday.

The first instance of EEE in Tiverton was found in samples trapped in town on Aug. 6.

Portsmouth hired Narragansett Pest Control to spray a broad spectrum adulticide, Anvil 10+ 10- ULV through the Norseman, Viking, Valhalla, Common Fence and Island Park neighborhoods last week.

The Aug. 23 spraying was a first for any town since 1996, according to "The Providence Journal.

Earlier in August, the town treated an Island Park playground with an experimental natural garlic-based product intended to create a barrier for adult mosquitoes.

In July Portsmouth treated Island Park catch basins after hearing complaints about mosquito numbers from residents. 

In addition, a sample of mosquitoes also collected on Aug. 20 in the Lymansville section of North Providence has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The positive WNV result was also from a Culex species that bites both birds and humans. 

Test results from the remaining pools of mosquitoes trapped on August 20 are still pending.

According to Alan Gettman, Ph.D., DEM's mosquito abatement coordinator, the positive results are confirmation that there are infected mosquitoes in the environment. Therefore, all Rhode Islanders should take extra care to protect themselves, particularly when mosquito-biting activity is high. 

Avoid The Risk:

  • Biting is generally is greatest from dusk to dawn. During the day it decreases in sunny areas at lower temperatures and increases in shady areas at higher temperatures. Biting activity also generally increases with high humidity and with low wind.
  • Personal protection is the first line of defense against mosquitoes that can carry diseases like EEE and West Nile Virus. DEM recommends routine use of mosquito repellent and to cover up when mosquito-biting activity is greatest. 
  • Place mosquito netting over playpens and carriages outside, and be sure that screens are in good repair. Mosquito repellent should contain no more than 30 percent DEET, and it should not be used on infants. 

Help track mosquitoes in the area and monitor your neighbor's sitings in the region with Patch's interactive mosquito map.

This year, to date in Rhode Island, three pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus and two pools have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

Mosquitoes in Rhode Island are trapped every week statewide by DEM staff and tested at the RI Department of Health laboratory. DEM will normally report mosquito test results once a week on a routine basis, with additional reports as necessary. Routine test results from remaining pools of mosquitoes trapped during the week of Aug. 6 will be included in next week's announcement.

For online information about mosquito-borne diseases, go to DEM's website, and click on “Public Health Updates” or go to the HEALTH website, and click on “E” (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) or “W” (West Nile Virus) under “Health Topics.”

This information is from a press release issued by the state Department of Environmental Management.

Jen Gallant August 29, 2012 at 02:31 AM
When choosing to use any chemical, or even medications for that matter, you must weigh the benefits verses risks. Yes, these chemicals have some risks but so do the diseases that mosquitos carry. No, it will not prevent mosquitos returning next year but it will reduce the numbers. Other communities have offered residents the option of having their homes skipped and this is a good option for those who do not wish to have these chemicals on their lawns.
Dan August 29, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Jen, Do you really believe that they are going to make a list to skip houses and then actually follow through with it? That's a joke right?
Tuna man August 29, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Dan, It's people like you that helped cause this problem. Years ago cities and towns sprayed on a regular basis. But a few cry babies who were afraid of the spraying for what ever reason cried enough to get it stopped. No one got sick or had pets hurt by the spraying. Now the result is we have diseases on our door step. People can't even use their own property or be active because of the chance they might be that one of the people who gets bitten and gets sick or dies from it. How about the chemicals in the repellents we are forced to have to use just to go outside? What harm do those do to people? Better to spray on a regular basis to control the problem every year. If anyone doesn't like it well nothing is keep you here in our area. You can always move to a place you may be happier in and we may very well be happier for that too. This country was built on majority rules and if the majority want the town sprayed then so be it. Spray the whole town so we do not have to be afraid of a bite from a mosquito.
Dan August 29, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Yeah, I caused the EEE problem. Good logic there Tuna Man! And if you do a little research you will learn the increase in cancer and birth defects over the last century which has occurred due to the poor management and use of chemicals and unhealthy food production practices. I am not crying, I am stating I don't want it sprayed near my house and yard. It's not my fault your physiological response is to hunker down and hide in your house because you hear news of a mosquito lurking outside. You can't get active because you hear news of EEE mosquito outside? If you had a little knowledge you'd know garlic based repellents works quite well against mosquitoes, but I am guessing your one of the many that goto Walmart to buy that can of OFF and still get chewed up.
Tuna man August 29, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I never said that you caused EEE and I have done a lot of research over the years. Some of what you say is true BUT a lot of it isn't. The reason there are so many increases in things like cancer or arthritis is not because so much of our environment as it is our increase in world wide population. Cancer and arthritis has been shown to pre date ancient Egypt. Both have increased because of our being able to now detect these where we never could before and people with it in the past were said to have died of something else like TB. Cancer cases have increased. Yes they have because we now have a much bigger population and we now detect it better. Now having said that there are cases that are caused by our environment and most by constant contact with a material such as asbestos or a chemical such as formaldehyde and many others. What was sprayed in Portsmouth is nothing like what your attempting to make it seem like it's made from a defoliant like Agent Orange. Not even close. The life of what was used in Portsmouth is less then 24 hours and it's disintegrated into nothing. There are better natural products to try and keep away mosquitos then Garlic. Lemon baum is as good a plant if not better and it does smell better then the Garlic. And as to my physioiological response well maybe I just don't like being bitten and maybe I like to enjoy my yard in the evening with my family knowing they are safer if the area is sprayed to help control a disease caring pest.

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