West Nile - Birds

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

State health officials are reminding Nebraskans that they still want dead birds turned in for testing for West Nile virus.

State Entommologist Wayne Kramer said Wednesday that health officials are not receiving as many dead birds from the public as they did a year ago. He says it is better to have a larger sample to determine a likely West Nile outbreak.

Last year health officials tested more than one-thousand birds. More than half tested positive for the mosquito-borne disease.

Kramer says none of the birds sent in this spring has tested positive but officials want to see more so they can detect the disease as early as possible and alert the public.

Last year, 29 Nebraskans died from the disease.

Kramer says crows and blue jays are particularly susceptible to the virus.


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