Call the West
Umatilla Vector Control District at 541-567-5201
County Public Health Department at 541-278-5432
Avoid direct contact with the
Wear disposable latex gloves
while handling the bird or wear gloves that
can immediately be put through a hot soapy
wash. A dead bird can also be picked up by
inverting a plastic bag on your hand and grasping
the bird through the plastic.
Double bag the bird in
plastic and place in the garbage, unless
otherwise instructed by the health district.
Wash your hands.
Do not bring the bird into your
Do not eat, drink, smoke
or touch your face with the gloves
while handling the bird.
Wash your hands
with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
after handling the bird.
Only certain birds will be collected.
Many species of birds can be infected with
WNV and have no symptoms or illness. Birds
that are more susceptible are the corvids
(crows, ravens and magpies) and raptors.
All birds accepted for testing must be:
- Freshly dead (within 24 hours)
- Intact (with no physical trauma)
- Dead by natural causes