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Delaware Residents Asked to Report Dead Birds for West Nile Monitoring

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The culprit for spreading West Nile disease to humans: The mosquito. (Photo: AP) The culprit for spreading West Nile disease to humans: The mosquito. (Photo: AP)

DOVER, Del.- Natural resources officials are asking that Delaware residents report sick or dead wild birds as part of the state's monitoring of the West Nile virus.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife Mosquito Control Section said that beginning Friday, June 10, residents can report sick or dead crows, blue jays, cardinals, robins, and hawks or owls. Residents are also asked to report clusters of five or more sick or dead wild birds of any species.

Officials said some dead birds will be collected and tested for West Nile virus.

“We are interested in when and where West Nile virus might first appear in Delaware this year and in monitoring the timing and locations of its possible spread throughout the state,” said Dr. William Meredith, Delaware Mosquito Control administrator. “Our sampling strategy this year will be to collect and test a sample of wild birds found throughout the state from early June to late September.” 

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease that can be transmitted to humans and horses.

Residents can report sick or dead birds to Mosquito Control's Glasgow office at (302) 836-2555, or the Milford office at (302) 422-1512.

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