Help PHS Monitor West Nile Virus
Public Health Solutions is now accepting reports of dead birds. We are interested in the corvid species, which includes crows and bluejays (see pictures below). In partnership with DHHS, local health departments begin surveillance of the bird population on June 1st, as part of a comprehensive West Nile virus program. Mosquitoes acquire the virus from infected birds and pass it on to other birds, animals and people. Humans CANNOT acquire West Nile virus directly from birds. If you see a dead corvid species bird that appears freshly dead (body intact, no insect infestation or sunken eyes), please call us immediately. If we determine that the bird is suitable for testing, we will give you further instructions and come out to pick up the bird. To report a dead bird, call Public Health Solutions at 402-826-3880 or toll free at 1-844-830-0813.
Examples of corvids: