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Birds test positive for West Nile Virus

11 October 2017

Four new cases of equine West Nile virus were also reported in NY.

The chickens are part of a "sentinel" flock monitored by the Mosquito and Vector Management District and are located at the Wastewater Treatment Plant near Solvang.

Four of the chickens have tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus, the first detection in Santa Barbara County this year, but no human cases have been reported, officials said.

EEE causes inflammation of the brain tissue and has a significantly higher risk of death in horses than West Nile Virus infection.

This is the second human case of West Nile virus that Denton County has confirmed this year in Frisco.

In 2016, MS had 43 WNV cases and two deaths.

Testing throughout the state of California has shown that WNV is present in the bird populations of 37 counties and chicken populations in 16 counties. Humans, horses, and other animals can become infected with the virus if bitten by an infected mosquito.

Most people who are infected do not get sick from WNV. According to the World Health Organization, West Nile Fever symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, nausea, vomiting and swollen lymph glands. Human-to-human transmission does not occur. "The evenings are cooler and folks may want to sit outside, but it is very important that they take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites because the viral activity is continuing".

Birds test positive for West Nile Virus