After the discovery of West Nile Virus in a pool of mosquitos in South Kingstown, state officials say the virus is much more widespread.
The disease usually causes only mild flu-like symptoms. But, in a small number of cases, it can lead to more serious illness.
Alan Gettman heads the state’s mosquito abatement program.
“Citizens need to think about a report like this as meaning that the virus is established all over the state, and there’s not a hot spot that we’ve detected,” said Gettman.
Gettman says finding West Nile is not unusual for this time of year, but people should still take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. This is the first time West Nile virus has been detected in Rhode Island this summer.
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