Veterinary Public Health

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Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 989-7060
Tel: (877) 747-2243
Fax (213) 481-2375
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West Nile Virus in Dead Birds 2012
Updated 11.29.12

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 of 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 here.  To read more about WNV in humans, click here.

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