The district has worked closely with local officials to inform residents about the increased activity and urge the public to protect themselves with a good insect repellent in addition to inspecting their homes for any stagnant water and identifying any mosquito breeding sources, Robles added.
The mosquito was found in a trap near the intersection of Lower Marine Road and Bass Drive on the East side of Troy.
The positive findings came from mosquitoes trapped by DEM staff and tested at the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) State Health Laboratories.
Public health officials will continue to monitor for mosquitoes by checking for standing water, applying larvacide, trapping and testing mosquitoes, and spraying adulticide if indicated.
Clean and chlorinate pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.
Greek health authorities announced on Friday that three people had died in Athens in another outbreak of West Nile fever. Less than 1% of people get seriously ill. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
"West Nile Virus is endemic in Orange County, recurring every year during the summer months and continuing into the fall", said Dr. Eric Handler, County Health Officer. Most infected people do not have symptoms or they may have mild symptoms including headaches, body aches and a fever.
"One in 150 people will develop a neurological condition like encephalitis and things like that", said Sookoo. "These mosquitoes are most abundant in urban and suburban areas with dense human populations".
The first two human cases of West Nile virus have been reported.
In 2017, there were 38 reported human infections of WNV and 4 WNV-related deaths reported in Orange County.
"All residents must take these warning signs very seriously because the risk for West Nile virus is very high", he added.