Dead Birds May Be Infected With West Nile Virus

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, August 20, 2004
So far in Sacramento County, nearly 40 dead birds have tested positive for the virus. The county’s health officer Doctor Glennah Trochet says people should report any dead birds they find with the state’s Dead Bird Hotline in order to monitor the spread. If they are going to test the bird you will get a call within 24-hours. If you do not get a call you need to dispose of the bird properly. Using a dead crow and a plastic bag, the manager of the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District – David Brown – demonstrates the right way to get rid of a dead bird. What we recommend people to do is to take a bag, put their hand inside the bag, grab the bird and then invert the bag after they’ve got it in their hands so that way the bird is now inside the bag, they don’t touch the bird and they can dispose of the bird in a garbage receptacle. There’s no evidence that the virus can be acquired from handling dead birds but Brown recommends people follow proper disposal methods. The disease is transmitted to humans and animals by infected mosquitoes. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.