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These Chickens Are Our First Line of Defense Against West Nile Virus

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There is something gloriously overpuffed about the concept of "sentinel chickens"... but they actually perform a very valuable service. Here in Santa Clara county there have been at least 5 known cases of human West Nile this year, tied for the most ever in this area.

I think this has the makings for a great Pixar movie, The Sentinel Chickens. 

(Sentinel Chickens would make a great band name.)

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