Birds test positive for West Nile Virus

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West Nile Virus Found in Solvang Chickens

Denton County Public Health reported Tuesday that it has identified the county's 10th human case of West Nile Virus in 2017.

Public health officials say the sentinel chicken flock, which is monitored by the Mosquito and Vector Management District to detect signs of West Nile or other mosquito-borne diseases, is located at the Wastewater Treatment Plant near Solvang.

West Nile is a virus most commonly spread to people by mosquito bites.

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The Frisco resident was diagnosed with West Nile Fever, according to a county news release. Testing throughout the state has shown that the virus is present in the bird populations of 37 counties, mosquito pools from 26 counties and chicken populations in 16 counties, according to county officials. "Most humans who become infected with WNV do not get sick". Those at risk for more serious illness include the elderly and people with suppressed immune systems.

Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding. "The evenings are cooler and folks may want to sit outside, but it is very important that they take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites because the viral activity is continuing".

Residents are advised to empty standing water on their property and wear long sleeves and repellents when outdoors. One horse from St. Lawrence County was not vaccinated for the disease but was still alive.

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