Seven chickens from sentinel flocks in San Bernardino County have recently tested positive for the West Nile Virus, marking the first reported local cases in 2017.
In addition to the chickens found in Fontana and San Bernardino, 14 mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in the Redlands and Rialto areas, according to officials with the County Department of Public Health.
The chickens are not harmed by the infection and they are used to identify when the mosquitos in the surrounding area are infected with the virus.
“Mosquitoes are carriers of West Nile Virus and become infected when they feed on infected birds in the area,” Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Services Mosquito and Vector Control Program Coordinator Morena Garcia said. “Infected mosquitoes may spread WNV to humans and other animals when they bite.”
Notwithstanding the chicken’s…