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May 7, 2019 - Dead Bird Hotline is Open for Reporting

To help track West Nile Virus, the Wisconsin Dead Bird Hotline is now open for calls about dead birds in the area. Call 1-800-433-1610 to report a dead or sick bird.

Some birds — especially crows, ravens and blue jays — can have West Nile Virus before it is identified in people. West Nile virus is spread to people by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. Mosquitoes get infected with WNV by feeding on infected birds and can then transmit the virus to other animals, birds, and humans.

It is important to contact the Dead Bird Hotline if you see dead birds of any kind. You will be given instructions on how to submit the bird for testing, if it is eligible. Hotline staff can answer questions about dead birds and provide information on safe handling and disposal. Do not handle the bird with your bare hands.

Please note that once a county has one positive dead bird result, testing of other dead birds in that county for West Nile virus will be stopped until the next season begins.

Click here for more information: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/mosquito/wnv-reporting-surveillance.htm or call the Dead Bird Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.