Case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Volusia County


The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County issued a warning on Friday about a confirmed case of West Nile virus.

While one human infection has been confirmed, the department says that none of the county’s “sentinel” chickens have tested positive for the virus.

Sentinel chickens are used to test various mosquito-borne illnesses including West Nile virus.

The chickens do not display symptoms but will test positive for antibodies if infected.

Volusia County Mosquito Control and the DOH will continue to monitor the situation.

They urge residents to take precautions to limit exposure to mosquitoes like draining standing water and using insect repellent when outside.

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