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'Sentinel chickens' form a front line of defense against West Nile
'Sentinel chickens' form a front line of defense against West Nile

"Hi, girlfriend," Susanne Kluh said as she lifted a white leghorn chicken officially numbered "1406" out of her shaded coop. The chicken, one of eight kept in a semi-secret location in Long Beach's nearly 400-acre El Dorado Park, squirmed as Kluh examined a spot under her wing. The bird wanted back in her coop, where she had been clucking about and sipping water from a pipe suspended overhead. But she had a job as a lookout for a silent and invisible foe. In an era of costly high-tech medicine and sophisticated contagion control, 1406 and dozens of other "sentinel chickens" form a simple and efficient front line of defense against West Nile disease, a...

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