Dead birds & West Nile virus surveillance (fwd)

Dan Victor dcv at
Sun Sep 29 07:19:46 PDT 2002

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From: "Hofmann, Jo" Jo.Hofmann at DOH.WA.GOV
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Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2002 10:40:39 -0700


So far in 2002, birds infected with West Nile virus in the U.S. have been
found in the east, midwest and west primarily in populations east of the
Rocky Mountains, although recently two infected starlings were found on
the west slope of the Rockies, the first infected birds found west of the
continental divide. More than 100 species have been described as infected
(from hummers to raptors), the largest die-offs seem to occur among
corvids. West Nile virus is transmitted to birds, humans, and other
animals by the bite of infected mosquitoes.

Because infection in corvid populations seems to presage more widespread
infection among other avian species, horses, and humans, many public
health agencies are asking people to be on the look-out for dead corvids
-- including Washington State.

Please see the Washington State Department of Health Zoonotic Diseases
Progam URL below for details on reporting and submitting recently deceased
corvids for WNV testing, through your local health department -- the URL
includes links with contact information for all health department in WA.

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Jo Hofmann, MD
State Epidemiologist for Communicable Disease
Washington State Department of Health
1610 NE 150th Street Shoreline, WA 98155

*Working to protect and improve the health of the people of Washington

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