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Coworkers of a Feather Flock Together

It’s that time of year again! Last Thursday, vector ecologists Tina and Tara picked up the District’s 14 sentinel chickens and delivered them to two coop locations, one in East Palo Alto and one in San Mateo. Since chickens develop antibodies to mosquito-borne illnesses but don’t get sick themselves, they can serve as a monitoring tool without creating any additional risk of transmission.The chickens will spend the summer at these locations, their leisurely lifestyle interrupted only by bi-weekly blood tests. At the end of the summer, they’ll be retired and given away to good homes.