Lab technician Paula Matney suits up before she enters a chicken coop at the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District facility in Elk Grove on Wednesday. Sacramento-Yolo mosquito officials keep coops of chickens that are regularly tested for West Nile virus. Lab technicians handle the birds, which are pricked for blood samples to see if they’ve developed West Nile antibodies. Similar chicken testing is done statewide.
Lab technician Paula Matney suits up before she enters a chicken coop at the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District facility in Elk Grove on Wednesday. Sacramento-Yolo mosquito officials keep coops of chickens that are regularly tested for West Nile virus. Lab technicians handle the birds, which are pricked for blood samples to see if they’ve developed West Nile antibodies. Similar chicken testing is done statewide. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com
Lab technician Paula Matney suits up before she enters a chicken coop at the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District facility in Elk Grove on Wednesday. Sacramento-Yolo mosquito officials keep coops of chickens that are regularly tested for West Nile virus. Lab technicians handle the birds, which are pricked for blood samples to see if they’ve developed West Nile antibodies. Similar chicken testing is done statewide. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com

As West Nile season heats up, mosquito fight waged with fish, chickens – and spraying

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