Deadly mosquito-borne illness turns up in Mobile County

Associated Press - August 9, 2010 8:14 PM ET

IRVINGTON, Ala. (AP) - Health officials are warning that sentinel chickens in the Irvington and Grand Bay areas have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Mobile County Health Department officials are warning area residents to take precautions from being bit by the mosquitoes which transmit the condition.

It causes high fever, severe headaches, confusion and seizures in humans. Health officials are also warning horse owners to vaccinate their animals against encephalitis and call a veterinarian immediately if the horse shows signs of encephalitis, which include staggering, stupor, hyper-excitability, paralysis and coma.

Officials urge residents to regularly apply repellent while outdoors, use citronella candles and prevent or get rid of standing water around their property.

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