Saturday, Dec 20, 2014

Chicken tests positive for encephalitis in Pinellas

TBO.com staff
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Pinellas County’s mosquito control said Friday that it received positive results for eastern equine encephalitis in one sentinel chicken at Sawgrass Lake Park in St. Petersburg.

“There is no cause for concern but we are reminded that the mosquitoes are still alive and well and we should take the regular precautions,” the county said on its Facebook page.

County health officials have advised residents to empty standing water from any containers in their yards.

The disease is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. While it’s rare in humans, the virus can cause headaches, fever, chills and vomiting.

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