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County seeking reports of dead birds to combat West Nile

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 5:00 p.m. CDT

DUPAGE COUNTY – Residents can now report dead birds that have possibly been infected by West Nile virus online, according to a news release from the DuPage County Health Department.

Though usually associated with and transmitted by mosquitoes, West Nile can also be carried by birds. According to the health department, reports of recently deceased birds can be an indicator of early or localized activity. The data collected will be used around DuPage County for mosquito abatement and to make appropriate control measures.

The release said that only birds that have been dead for less than 48 hours should be reported. These can include crows, blue jays, grackles, starlings, robins, cardinals, sparrows, hawks and owls. To report a dead bird, visit www.dupagehealth.org/dead-bird-sighting

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