NO WORD ON THE EXTENT OF THEIR INJURIES. (KW) LOOKING AHEAD — TO TOMORROW NIGHT — WHEN RHODE ISLAND HEALTH OFFICIALS WILL CONDUCT AERIAL SPRAYING — AS THE RISK FOR CONTRACTING MOSQUITO BORNE VIRUSES CONTINUES THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. THIS — AFTER A MASSACHUSETTS WOMAN DIED FROM TRIPLE E — AND A WEST WARWICK RESIDENT CONTRACTED THE RARE BUT DANGEROUS VIRUS. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER COURTNEY CARTER JOINS US WITH DETAILS ON *WHERE* SPRAYING WILL TAKE PLACE. FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 19-96, THE OCEAN STATE WILL BE CONDUCTING AERIAL SPRAYING IN AN EFFORT TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES. EYEWITNESS NEWS SPOKE WITH THOSE IN CHARGE OF THE EFFORTS TO FIND OUT EXACTLY HOW IT WORKS. THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT OR D-E-M ANNOUNCED FRIDAY THAT THE STATE WILL BEGIN SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES ON SUNDAY.. “Because we are in that critical risk here, in some parts of the state, we are moving into the next phase of our mosquito abatement plan” AND D-E-M DIRECTOR JANET COIT SAYS THAT NEXT PHASE IS TREATING FOUR LOCATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN LABELED “CRITICAL RISK” FOR TRIPLE E..CENTRAL FALLS, WESTERLY, WEST WARWICK AND NORTHERN RHODE ISLAND. “that spraying which some called adulticiding, is aimed at the adult mosquitoes in the air in those critical risk areas..the data have mosquitoes that are effected by EEE, because we have captured them in traps or seen that they have infected a person or horse” SO FAR THIS YEAR, THE ILLNESS HAS BEEN DETECTED FOUR* TIMES IN RHODE ISLAND. A WEST WARWICK RESIDENT ALSO BECAME THE FIRST PERSON SINCE 20-10 TO CONTRACT THE DISEASE IN THE STATE. THAT DIAGNOSIS, COMING A WEEK AFTER A FAIRHAVEN WOMAN DIED OF IT. “roughly 1/3 of people who get EEE, end up passing away” D-E-M SAYS THE PRODUCT BEING SPRAYED POSES NO RISK TO HUMANS AND IS BEING USED IN LOW CONCENTRATIONS. IF ANYONE IS CONCERNED ABOUT BEING EXPOSED TO THE PESTICIDE THEY SHOULD REMAIN INDOORS DURING THE TREATMENT, BUT IT ISN’T NECESSARY. THEY ARE ALSO AVOIDING CERTAIN AREAS… “avoiding organic farms, drinking water resorvoirs, some coastal features” SAYING THE ABILITY TO SPRAY WILL DEPEND ON THE WEATHER.. “we can only do this when the weather is correct. So we intend to do it on sunday evening after dusk, when the temperature is above 60 degrees and the wind is calm, If we don’t have those conditions we wont go forward” SO JUST TO GO OVER HOW TO KEEP YOURSELF SAFE… THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAYS TO USE BUG SPRAY WITH DEET, IF YOU GO OUTDOORS WEAR LONG SLEEVES AND PANTS AND DON’T GO OUT AFTER DUSK. I’M CC, EWN.