College Of The Canyons – Banner
Patterson’s Collision Center – Banner
Simply Taylored – Banner
All Americans Bail Bonds – Banner
Green Convergence – Sun Power – Banner
Nothing Bundt Cakes – Banner
AV Party Rental – Banner
IHOP – Banner
Action Family Counseling – Banner
Valencia United Methodist Church – Under God’s Sea – Banner
Facey – Banner
Valencia United Methodist Church – Luau Lunch – Banner
Academy Swim Club – Banner
Adage IT – Banner
Galpin Motors – Banner
Newhall Land – Banner
Brent’s Carpet One – Banner
Union Bank – Banner
Newhall School District – Public Hearing – Banner
Disco Fever – Banner
Beyond Harmony – Banner
Hugo Naturals – Banner
It is forecast to be Clear at 7:00 PM PDT on May 03, 2015
Home » Santa Clarita News » Sentinel Chickens Used To Detect West Nile Virus In SCV

Sentinel Chickens Used To Detect West Nile Virus In SCV

chickensWith the recent discovery of Santa Clarita’s second bird infected with the West Nile Virus, residents are reminded that the virus is active and continues to threaten California.  

While the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District does their best advising the public on how to avoid the virus, they have a specialized unit working for them around the clock: sentinel chickens.  

According to Crystal Brown, Public Information Officer for the GLACVCD, Los Angeles County’s sentinel chicken flocks are deployed in strategic areas to monitor communicable diseases.  

The chickens are given a blood test twice a month to check for West Nile. Since the chickens are unlikely to house or transmit the disease, veterinarians look for the related antibodies to see if the virus is present in the area.  

“That’s mainly what we’re testing for,” said Brown, “but if we were under the notion that another disease was present, then we would look into that as well.”  

As of this year, none of the sentinel chickens have tested positive for WNV or its related antibodies. Brown credits this to the cooler weather, but thinks that may change during the current Southern California heat wave as mosquitoes breed more rapidly.  

Mosquitoes transmit the disease to humans and livestock after feeding on infected dead birds, known as the reservoir host.  

Only two humans have tested positive for this disease this year in California, both in Stanislaus County.  

The elderly and those with weakened immune systems are especially susceptible to the virus.  There is currently no known cure.  

To avoid infection, the GLAVCD suggests wearing insect repellant, eliminating stagnant water (where mosquitoes breed) and avoiding mosquito-populated areas.

Sentinel Chickens Used To Detect West Nile Virus In SCV

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

About KHTS AM 1220

Action Family Counseling – News Banner
Hugo Naturals – News Banner
Beyond Harmony – News Banner
College Of The Canyons – News Banner
Academy Swim Club – News Banner
All American Bail Bonds – News Banner
AV Party Rental – News Banner
Simply Taylored – Tile
Facey – Tile
Valencia United Methodist Church – Under God’s Sea – Tile
Brent’s Carpet One – Tile
Galpin Motors – Tile
Valencia United Methodist Church – Luau Lunch – Tile