Chickens test positive for West Nile virus in Santa Barbara County

Chickens test positive for West Nile virus in Santa Barbara County

The city of Frisco has confirmed 18 mosquito pools that have tested positive for West Nile virus so far this year.

Sentinel chickens serve as an early-warning detection system for some mosquito-borne diseases and can signal that disease-carrying mosquitoes are present. And are monitored at the Wastewater Treatment Plant near Solvang.

West Nile is a virus most commonly spread to people by mosquito bites.

The Ohio Department of Health is reporting a total of 22 human cases of West Nile virus across the state.

"The mosquitoes that carry West Nile actually are more prevalent now than they were at the beginning of the summer and we are still having cases of West Nile reported to us", she added. Most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not have any symptoms. According to the World Health Organization, West Nile Fever symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, nausea, vomiting and swollen lymph glands.

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Residents are asked to take their own initiative to help reduce mosquito populations by emptying standing water on their property and to wear long sleeves and use repellents according to the label when outdoors.

· Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.

Vaccinations are available for horses from your veterinarian.

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