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Residents Can Help Collect Dead Birds to Detect West Nile Virus

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL. (KMOX) – Madison County Illinois health officials want your help in collecting dead birds you may suspect have the West Nile Virus.

The dead bird surveillance program will be in effect through October 15th.

Officials use the program to help monitor the spread of the disease.

Crows , Blue Jays and other perching birds can be given to health officials for testing.

Perching birds can include sparrows, robins, grackles, starlings, cardinals, catbirds, mockingbirds, finches, flycatchers, swallows, warblers, wrens and even hawks and owls.

Injured birds will not be accepted for testing and they should have no obvious cause of death like a gunshot wound or injury because of a vehicle collision .  The department also does not want birds that have been damaged by scavenging animals.

The contact number for Madison County Health officials is (618) 296 6079 to arrange for collection of a dead bird.

A dead bird with West Nile has already been found in Northern Illinois.

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