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Chickens test positive for West Nile virus in Santa Barbara County

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Melissa Porter | 12 October, 2017, 00:24

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

The primary way people get West Nile virus is through the bite of an infected mosquito. This system alerts Mosquito Control to the presence of diseases such as West Nile Virus, St. Louis Encephalitis, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Highlands J Virus.

Detection in chickens means there is a risk for the virus to spread to humans through mosquito bites.

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. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not have symptoms. About one in five people who become infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. "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".

Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET while you are outdoors.

Ensure that door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good fix.

Residents are also urged to be diligent in ridding their properties of standing water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.