West Nile Virus Surveillance

The Bond County Health Department receives a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health each year to provide surveillance and testing of mosquitoes and dead birds for the presence of West Nile Virus.

The Health Department has been successful in collecting mosquitos this summer for testing on a weekly basis, but needs the community’s help in collecting dead birds. Dead birds are important sentinels for the early detection of West Nile Virus activity.

Dead birds that are acceptable for testing include crows, blue jays, robins and most other perching birds that are common in residential areas. The dead bird must show no signs of decomposition which means the bird has no strong odor, has no maggots present, or has deflated eyes. Also, there must be no obvious injury or cause of death.

If a dead bird is found, the Bond County Health Department would appreciate a call. BCHD representatives will collect the dead bird.

The Health Department can be contacted at 618-664-1442 ext. 149. Dead birds can be submitted for testing through October 15, 2016.

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