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Chickens test positive for West Nile virus in Santa Barbara County

Chickens test positive for West Nile virus in Santa Barbara County

This is the second human case of West Nile virus that Denton County has confirmed this year in Frisco. Counties with at least one case include - Clark, Clermont, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton (2), Logan and Summit.

West Nile virus is passed primarily between birds by mosquito vectors.

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

Richland County is reminding residents and business owners to protect themselves from mosquitoes, as health officials report an increase in the number of the pests infected with West Nile this year.

The Oswego County Health Department said Wednesday that a horse in the town of West Monroe contracted Eastern equine encephalitis, a mosquito-borne virus.




Most people who are infected do not get sick from WNV.

Some people experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache and body aches, which subside after a few days to weeks.

Avoid outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dusk and dawn.

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. It's evidence that the spraying, while effective, does not eliminate the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses, they said.


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