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Editorial: West Nile Virus preventing you from eating eggs?

by 5m Editor
20 October 2006, at 10:59am

ALABAMA - You may have heard recent reports of positive tests for West Nile Virus in our area. Most of these reports come from local health departments who use sentinel chickens placed throughout the area to monitor for the disease.

The latest report we told you about just last week was from Bay Minette where several chickens tested positive for West Nile. Since then many have called NBC-15 and the Baldwin County Health Department with concerns over whether these tests should affect your eating habits.

Ask folks in Baldwin County and many will tell you, one of the best things about living around this area is the accessibility to fresh food, including fresh produce and fresh eggs. You can purchase home grown eggs at just about any road side produce stand. There are even some, like Loxley resident A.V. Lazzari, who gather farm fresh eggs from their own yard. “These eggs here are homed raised you see and they're better than those store bought eggs,” explains Lazzari. “You can say what you please. You don't believe it? You taste it and you'll see.”

As much as many of us love home raised eggs, there are some people who have become a little bit chicken when it comes to eating them. Reports from the Baldwin County Health Department say several chickens around the county have recently tested positive for West Nile Virus. Those reports are raising questions over whether it's safe to eat Baldwin County yard bird products.

Source: WPMI

5m Editor