For Immediate Release
Date: June 4, 2021
Contact Person: Laura Zimmerman
Contact Phone: (815) 941-3127
Since West Nile virus (WNV) arrived in Illinois at the end of the summer of 2001, dead birds have been important sentinels for early WNV activity. As part of our WNV surveillance activities, we would like to make residents aware that we are again collecting birds to submit for testing to the State of Illinois. Dead birds will be accepted for testing from now until October 15, 2021. As a reminder, a bird is suitable for testing if it has not been dead more than two days and it does not display signs of injury or decomposition. We ask that if you encounter a dead bird suitable for testing, please call us at (815) 941-3115.
Many different types of birds are acceptable for testing. When you call, you will asked a few questions about the condition of the bird, to determine if it sounds like the bird meets the basic criteria. We will then send a representative from the Health Department out to check the bird and collect it for testing, if it qualifies.
For further information regarding West Nile Virus or if you encounter a dead bird that meets the parameters mentioned above, contact the Grundy County Health Department at 815-941-3115.