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Blog: West Nile testing for dead birds available
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Rae-Ann Tucker-Marshall
Henry-Stark Health Department
July 29, 2013 10 a.m.

The Henry and Stark County Health Departments announce that with warm summer weather comes the season for West Nile Virus
infection. Dorothy David, Health Department Environmental Health Services
Director notes, "Key to the surveillance efforts of West Nile Virus
throughout the state is the continued testing of the local mosquito and bird
populations. Mosquitoes and birds are the key vectors of West Nile virus
transmission. Therefore, the Health Department would like to alert area
residents that they will be accepting dead birds for West Nile Virus
testing."
David adds, "Birds that will be accepted would include the following
"Perching Bird" species: crows, blue jays, grackle, starling, robin,
cardinal, catbird, mockingbird, sparrows, finches, flycatchers, swallows,
warblers, wrens, and small or medium sized hawks and owls."
Please note, no waterfowl, gulls, larger birds such as vultures,
endangered birds including the bald eagle will not be accepted for testing.
Birds should only be submitted if they have not been damaged by scavenging
animals and are not decomposed. Decomposed animals can be recognized as
having a strong odor, deflated or dried eyes, maggots present, or bloated
from decomposition gases. Those specimens should be discarded.
Dead birds can be submitted to the Health Department Main Office, 4424
US Hwy 34, Kewanee.
For more information on dead bird collection or West Nile Virus
surveillance, contact the Health Department at (309) 852-0197 or visit our
website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and
Stark County Health Departments.

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