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West Nile Virus / Dead Bird Reporting Hotline Opens

Residents who observe dead birds without any obvious injuries are encouraged to call the Department of Health Services’ toll-free Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610. Dead birds are warning signs for the spread of West Nile Virus, which is transmitted from infected birds to humans via mosquito bites. Although only one in five people infected with West Nile Virus display symptoms, certain individuals can become seriously ill. Symptoms include swollen lymph glands, abdominal rash, fever and headache, with more severe symptoms including tremors and disorientation. People who become ill and suspect infection by the West Nile Virus should contact their health care provider for treatment advice.