West Nile Virus detected in sentinel chicken in south Mobile County

640px-Mosquito_2007-2A sentinel chicken has tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Mobile County Health Department.

The chicken, used by the Health Department to detect mosquito-borne diseases, was located in the 36544 ZIP code.

“The public should assume that there are mosquitoes carrying the disease throughout Mobile,” Dr. Bernard Eichold, Health Officer for the Mobile County. “Don’t let your guard down.”

The risk of encephalitis spread by mosquitoes is highest from August through the first freeze in the fall, he said.

West Nile virus (WNV), which is a form of mosquito-borne encephalitis, has been confirmed by laboratory results, according to Eichold.

A press release from the Health Department said that while humans and horses can become ill from the infection, the diseases cannot be spread from people or horses. It is spread between birds and mosquitoes.

By: Debbie Lord, Source

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