PANAMA CITY BEACH — Some sentinel chickens in Panama City Beach have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Bay County.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Nile virus cannot be spread from animals to humans. It can, however, be transmitted by mosquito, prompting the DOH to warn of an increased risk of transmission to humans.
Most people infected with West Nile show no symptoms, according to the CDC, though about one in five develop a fever and other symptoms.
The DOH reminded residents to take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.