NORFOLK -- Two sentinel chickens have tested positive for West Nile Virus and one has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, according to the Norfolk Public Health Department.
The 2 WNV-positive chickens are located in the Ballentine Place community, while the EEE-positive chicken is located near the Old Dominion University neighborhood.
Terrance Afer-Anderson with the Office of Health Promotion says this is the only incidence that Norfolk sentinel chickens have tested positive for mosquito-borne disease this year.
Weather permitting, the NDPH Vector Control Division will begin fogging in these areas Friday morning and will continue through the weekend.
The Virginia Department of Health recommends the following tips to reduce exposure to mosquitoes:
- Check windows and door screens to ensure that mosquitoes can't enter your home.
- Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.
- If possible, limit outdoor exposure between dusk and dawn.
- Use insect repellent with the smallest percentage of DEET necessary for the length of time you are exposed to mosquitoes. Use according to the manufacturer’s directions and DEET should not be applied to infants under 2 months old.
- Turn over or remove containers in your yard where water collects, such as old tires, potted plant trays, buckets and toys.
- Eliminate standing water on tarps or flat roofs.
- Clean out birdbaths and wading pools once a week.
- Clean roof gutters and downspout screens
For additional information on mosquito control or to report areas of potential mosquito breeding, call the Vector Control Division at (757) 683-2840, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.