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Updated: 12/02/2017 08:30:03AM

West Nile virus numbers rise in area

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Sentinel chickens play a role when it comes to disease detection and prevention. Charlotte County currently maintains sentinel flocks where seven birds tested positive for West Nile Virus.

By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

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So far this year, 32 sentinel chickens tested positive for West Nile Virus, and four for St. Louis encephalitis, making Sarasota County the second-highest in Florida for disease present in birds, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Every week since Aug. 8, chickens from flocks in neighborhoods, including Englewood, North Port, Venice, Osprey and Sarasota, have tested positive for disease. The new report shows one diseased chicken in Englewood, three in North Port (including one along Sumter Boulevard) and two in Osprey.

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