West Nile de­tected in Pinel­las chick­ens

Tampa Bay Times - - Local -

Two sen­tinel chick­ens tested pos­i­tive for the West Nile virus in Pinel­las County this week. Pinel­las County Mos­quito Con­trol con­firmed the birds were lo­cated in the Saw­grass Lake and Lake Mag­giore ar­eas of St. Pe­ters­burg, and tested pos­i­tive for the virus on Thurs­day. Tech­ni­cians are treat­ing the area by tar­get­ing adult mos­qui­toes and lar­vae by ground and air, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The West Nile virus usu­ally doesn’t present symp­toms in hu­mans, but one in five peo­ple who are in­fected could de­velop a fever and other flu-like symp­toms. The virus can also cause en­cephali­tis or menin­gi­tis. As with the Zika virus, the most com­mon way to pre­vent con­tract­ing the ill­ness is to use bug spray dur­ing mos­quito sea­son. Con­tact Pinel­las County Mos­quito Con­trol at (727) 464-7503 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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