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2 chickens test positive for West Nile Virus in Tehama County

The Tehama County Mosquito Vector Control District says two of their test chickens have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Posted: Sep 9, 2019 6:31 PM
Updated: Sep 9, 2019 6:32 PM

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - The Tehama County Mosquito Vector Control District says two of their test chickens have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Mike Robinson, assistant manager for vector control says they have three flocks of sentinel chickens, 10 in Corning, 10 in Red Bluff and 10 near Cottonwood.

One of the infected chickens came from the flock in Corning and the other infected chicken came from Red Bluff.

Robinson says this is not a huge indicator that the virus is spreading to humans.

There are no human cases of the West Nile Virus for 2019 in Tehama County, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Robinson says they test their chickens every two weeks by getting a blood sample from each of them.

Robinson says his team does his best to kill mosquitoes by spraying them at dusk time in populated areas of the county.

He also says to be aware of your surroundings when you're outside.

It only takes a half-inch of standing water for mosquitoes to breed.

In 2018, only two human cases of West Nile Virus were reported in Tehama County and only one sentinel chicken was reported to have the virus. 

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