Sentinel chickens serve as an early-warning detection system for some mosquito-borne diseases and can signal that disease-carrying mosquitoes are present.
The Richland County Vector Control Department said because of the recent spike in West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes, it's monitoring the county and treating standing water to control mosquito larvae, submitting mosquitoes from trap collections for viral testing and working with multiple outlets to promote public awareness. And are monitored at the Wastewater Treatment Plant near Solvang.
West Nile virus is passed primarily between birds by mosquito vectors.
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A sentinel chicken tested positive for the West Nile Virus in St. Pete on Wednesday, according to Pinellas County Mosquito Control. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms.
· If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks.
When outdoors, wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts and use mosquito repellents.
· Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as one quarter inch of standing water.