The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) detected the West Nile Virus (WNV) in two coops of sentinel chickens used to detect mosquito-borne diseases.

The coops were in the 36582 and 36587 zip codes.

“This surveillance data, consisting of the positive coops, mosquito collection results, community complaints, and positive human cases, guide us on our targeted mosquito control efforts,” the MCHD said in a press release. “Humans with WNV and other mosquito-borne diseases often have symptoms of high fever, severe headache, nausea, stiff neck, confusion, muscle weakness, paralysis, disorientation, and seizures that are severe enough to require medical attention.”

Vector Services checks the sentinel chickens every Monday with blood samples. As soon as positive results are returned, the MCHD alerts the public.

The health department will increase spraying, trapping and testing of mosquitos. It will also continue surveys throughout the county.

The MCHD recommends the following to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses:

• Use an Environmental Protection Agency-registered repellent with DEET.

• Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

• Stay and sleep in places with air conditioning or window and door screens.

• Remove standing water around your home.

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