West Nile Virus Found in Yuma Chickens

Oct 4, 2018

The West Nile Virus was found in chickens located in the Yuma area last week. Three samples of mosquitoes collected by the Yuma County Pest Abatement District on Sept. 24 were found to be infected.

The chickens, located in south central Yuma, were exposed to the virus through mosquito bites. Most people infected with the West Nile Virus will not develop any symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Some people, particularly those over 60 years old, are at a greater risk for more serious symptoms including high fever and disorientation.

Elene Stefanakos, the district manager in Somerton, said there are ways to protect yourself from mosquitoes.

"If people are going outdoors and will be out at dusk when these mosquitoes are most active that they know to wear protective clothing," Stefanakos said.  "Especially if they are golfing or on the river, to be careful so we don't get any human illnesses."

Residents are advised to dump any standing water in containers or their yards.