Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 989-7060
Tel: (877) 747-2243
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West Nile Virus in Dead Birds 2012
This past week, 4 more dead birds tested positive
for West Nile Virus (WNV). So far this
year, 274 birds and 15 tree squirrels have
tested positive for the virus.
Check your property at least
weekly for any standing water (where mosquitoes
may breed), and take
precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
WNV is transmitted to humans, horses, and
birds by the bites of infected mosquitoes. Testing dead
wild birds for WNV
provides a way
tracking the virus in our environment. Veterinary Public
Health works with the California Department of Public
Health and local mosquito control agencies in conducting WNV surveillance in Los Angeles County.
Cases of WNV infection in birds and people tend to be highest in the late summer, but may
be happen at other times.
As always, many thanks to Los Angeles County residents,
Animal Control Agencies, wildlife rehabilitators, and Vector Control Agencies for
all of your work on WNV surveillance!
To report a dead
bird or tree squirrel in Los Angeles County, click
read more about WNV in humans, click