EEE detected in chickens in Virginia Beach


by 13News now

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 2:24 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Virginia Beach Public Works says there have been three positive tests over the last four weeks for Eastern Equine Encephalitis in sentinel chickens.    

Two positive tests were at Lifetime Court on June 30 and July 14.  The third positive test was off Nanneys Creek Road on July 21.  

"That is not an unusually high number of positive EEE cases, but it does show a slight increase over the last month.  The average number of positives for a summer season for EEE is 6," officials wrote in a press release Wednesday.

There have been no EEE positives in any of the mosquito pools, they say. 

Mosquito Control has increased their spraying program in affected areas.  Night time ULV crews just completed a treatment in this area and will be returning.  Daytime crews will focus on treating any standing water in the affected areas.

People who live in these areas or who spend a lot of time outdoors should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, including:
•    Try to minimize outdoor activity around dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
•    Wear long, loose, light colored clothing
•    Use an appropriate insect repellent and follow label instructions.
•    Get rid of any standing water on your property.  This offers a prime breeding area for mosquitoes. 

EEE is actually quite rare in humans.  Property owners at the trapping sites have been contacted and advised, and lab officials will continue to consult with the other Mosquito Control districts throughout the Hampton Roads region.