Should I report dead birds to the Health Department?

State officials are interested in sick/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 location:
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 Kenosha County Public Health at 262-605-6700 or the West Nile Virus Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

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1. What is West Nile virus?
2. How is West Nile Virus spread?
3. Are older adults more at risk for West Nile Virus?
4. Where did West Nile virus come from?
5. Can you get West Nile virus directly from birds?
6. Besides mosquitoes, can you get West Nile virus directly from other insects or ticks?
7. What are the symptoms of West Nile viral infection?
8. Is a woman's pregnancy at risk if she gets West Nile virus?
9. How is West Nile encephalitis treated?
10. Is there a vaccine against West Nile virus?
11. How long does it take to get sick if bitten by an infected mosquito?
12. What should I do if I think I have West Nile encephalitis?
13. What can I do to reduce my risk of becoming infected with West Nile virus?
14. What can I do around my home to help reduce exposure to mosquitoes?
15. If I live in an area where birds or mosquitoes with West Nile virus have been reported, and I am bitten by a mosquito, am I likely to get sick?
16. I've gotten a mosquito bite. Should I be tested for West Nile virus?
17. Should I report dead birds to the Health Department?
18. If a dead bird is not going to be collected, how should it be disposed of?