Chickens Used To Test For West Nile Virus In California

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Nifty-Chicken, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    I got this in the mail from our local county "Mosquito & Vector Control District" regarding West Nile Virus:

    "The first part of the surveillance program is chickens. Chickens do not get sick from the virus, but a simple blood test can tell us if an infected mosquito bit them. This makes them an ideal tool for learning if the virus is present. There are 206 chicken flocks located throughout California that are operated by local vector control districts or other public health agencies. In Contra Costa County, we have five chicken flocks, which are located in Hercules, Martinez, Oakley, Knightsen, and Walnut Creek. Blood tests from these chickens are done twice a month to help us learn if the virus is present."

    Very interesting!!!
  2. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Lakeland, Ga
    I know of 6 flocks in North Fla and South Ga that are being monitored for WNV and Equine Encephalitis
  3. Lea71

    Lea71 Songster

    Since WNV has been running wild in the area the last few years, I'm just glad to hear my chickens can't get sick from it. [​IMG]
  4. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    Sounds like a good idea. I remember the very first year it was around and almost killed half my uncle's horses. This was before there was a vaccination for it. It was sure scary!
  5. fun monitor

    fun monitor Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    southern california
    The sentinel flock in our area has tested positive. [​IMG]
  6. There are several Sentinel Chicken Flocks in central Florida, too. They are housed VERY simply and not spoiled, so I feel sorry for them. In reality, I'm sure their life is not bad, certainly better than battery chickens, but I wish someone would fuss over them a little.

    I am grateful for them.
  7. St Pete Hens

    St Pete Hens In the Brooder

    We have chickens that have tested positive for West Niles here in Pinellas County, FL. Is there any danger in eating eggs or meat?

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