Sentinel chickens protect Alabama from West Nile virus – Birmingham Top News | Examiner.com

According to an August 21, 2012, press release from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) “Five sentinel chickens in Baldwin County and three sentinel chickens in Mobile County have tested positive for WNV this summer.”

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Chickens are used because they are particularly susceptible to mosquito borne diseases, are easily maintained, and can be easily transported to areas that may develop large mosquito populations with the potential to spread diseases that affect people and livestock.

via Sentinel chickens protect Alabama from West Nile virus – Birmingham Top News | Examiner.com.

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