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Ray    Posted 10-13-2002 at 06:17:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just read in the Sunday paper that West Nile has been detected less than 5 miles from my house. They use sentinal chickens and do blood tests. So far one chicken and one dying bluejay have tested positive for it. My question is, should I be concerned about my chickens eggs being safe to eat? what about the birds themselves? Any ideas about how to protect them?

Swamphandy    Posted 10-14-2002 at 05:58:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you can spare $300, I would suggest something like this:

It should control mosquito's for quite a ways around your yard.

Good luck!


bobn    Posted 10-13-2002 at 16:34:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
we have it here in nw Ia. m Many cases around us and we had a pony with it Vet said after second shot vacine will start working, On pony we had to hold back and gave him benizine I think and it brought him around %0.oo dollars for weeks supply but it was worth it

Saddlebum    Posted 10-13-2002 at 12:58:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Ray,
WNV was detected here in Oklahoma in July this year and since then it has spread rapidly to equines and birds (nearly 400 positive cases of each), plus eight positive human cases. We have horses, and vaccinated back in March and April, but there's no guarantee. No vaccinations for humans nor birds, for that matter. What you can do is practice mosquito eradication. That might include keeping your chickens inside from dusk to dawn, removing any standing water that could harbor larvae and spraying garlic/citronella repellants. There are mosquito dunks that can be thrown into any standing water that cannot be drained, and some folks here have put up bat boxes to attract bats which eat the mosquitos. The good news is that it will likely drop off as there become fewer and fewer naive populations to infect. I have a friend who is doing some studies after having two horses become infected--she theorizes that the spread might have something to do with migratory bird patterns. If I get more info, I'll try to pass it on if anyone here is interested. FWIW, the vaccine for equines is doing well in controlled studies and is expected to receive unconditional release next year (which means horse owners can give the vaccine on their own without incurring the extra expense of a veterinarian). Good luck with your chickens; sounds like CDC says they will be safe to eat--hope you're in an area that will frost soon.

LH    Posted 10-13-2002 at 08:34:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like Deadcarp suggested talk with your county agent. Thje mosquito season should be about over with most places for this year, so the west nile virus should be coming to its seasons end. I live in IN and the Amish horse herds have been hit particularly hard. We lost a jack donky in early august that we suspect was form west nile, but since it's already been confirmed here, the health department would not do any testing. Once it gets to an area it is spread rapidly. there are vaccines available but I'm not sure how proven they are. On a brighter note, if an affectd animal or person is healthy to begin with it lessens the possiblity of mortality.

vandy    Posted 08-28-2004 at 12:52:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i want to no what nile can do to you

DeadCarp    Posted 10-13-2002 at 07:05:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rawy, it's time to get in touch with your country agent and read-up on the West Nile virus. (Here's a CDC link from a Google search)

sakher al ghazawi    Posted 04-23-2004 at 09:30:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]


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