The virus is a potentially fatal disease spread by mosquitoes.
State health officials are warning residents to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes after three chickens in Seminole County’s Geneva and Black Hammock communities tested positive for the West Nile Virus.
The county uses chickens to detect mosquito borne illnesses by placing them throughout the county and testing them weekly.
The warning issued Friday by the health department includes mosquitoes, which could carry the virus. Officials are cautioning residents to pay extra attention when they’re near water or out at night.
The virus is a potentially fatal disease spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness and confusion. No human cases of West Nile have been reported in Seminole County this year.
The chickens are part of Seminole’s sentinel chicken surveillance program. The birds are placed in strategic locations around the county and tested weekly for mosquito-borne illnesses.
To avoid mosquito bites, residents should apply mosquito repellent to bare skin, or wear shoes, socks and long pants and sleeves.
Also, cover doors and windows with screens. Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots and any other containers where water has collected.