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Health officials notice increased activity of West Nile virus in Sarasota County

An advisory for mosquito-born illnesses was issued Friday after some chickens located in Sarasota County near North Port tested positive for West Nile virus, the Florida Department of Health announced. The chickens, known as sentinel chickens, are used to monitor mosquito-transmitted viruses because they do not become sick nor can they spread viruses such as West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and St. Louis Encephalitis, according to the agency. No human cases have been reported in the county, however, the department says Sarasota County Mosquito Management Services and DOH-Sarasota will continue surveillance and prevention efforts. More:
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