West Nile detected in Pinellas chickens
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.