BROOKSVILLE — A sentinel chicken on Mildred Street in Brooksville has tested positive for the West Nile virus, prompting Hernando County Mosquito Control to step up inspections and treatment in the Brooksville area.
The positive test result means that mosquitoes carrying the virus are present in the area. Mosquito Control has five flocks of chickens that are tested periodically for the presence of the mosquito-borne virus. One of the chickens also tested positive in February in Spring Hill.
The virus is not harmful to the chickens, but can be deadly to humans and horses. There have been no cases of West Nile virus involving humans in Hernando.
Mosquito Control officials urge residents to drain standing water and use mosquito repellent when mosquitoes are active.
For information, visit hernandocounty.us/mosquito.