VIDEO: Florida Department of Health Reports Case of West Nile Virus in Volusia County

By  //  December 3, 2017

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county’s sentinel chickens have not tested positive

ABOVE VIDEO: A case of West Nile virus infection has been confirmed in Volusia County, according to the Florida Department of Health.

VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA – (WFTV) – A case of West Nile virus infection has been confirmed in Volusia County, according to the Florida Department of Health.

None of the county’s sentinel chickens have tested positive for antibodies to the virus; however, the case increases the concern for transmission to humans, health officials said.

Sentinel chickens are used to detect some mosquito-borne illnesses, such as West Nile virus.

The birds do not develop disease symptoms but will test positive for antibodies if infected.

The Volusia County Mosquito Control and the Health Department are working on prevention efforts.

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