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State officials are interested in sick and dead crows and blue jays, - the species most often infected. These are the only species that will be tested. Birds must not be badly damaged or long dead. The bird carcass should be free of maggots and strong odor and have intact eyes. Wear rubber gloves when handling sick or dead birds. If you have no gloves, insert your hand into a clean plastic bag, pick up the bird with the bagged hand, invert the bag over the bird and seal the bag. (Birds should be frozen as soon as possible after collection). Individuals can drop the bird(s) off at the following locations:
Kenosha County Public Health Lab - 8600 Sheridan Road, Suite 600, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday - Friday.
Once one West Nile Virus positive bird is detected in Kenosha County, additional birds from Kenosha County will no longer be collected. However, reports of sick/dead crows and blue jays should continue to be reported to the Kenosha County Division of Health at 262-605-6700 or the West Nile Virus Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.