West Umatilla Mosquito Control District

wild bird testingThe West Umatilla Vector Control District has stepped up its surveillance of mosquito-borne encephalitis to include testing dead birds. Local residents are in a unique position to assist in this effort. We want to encourage your participation. We are seeking appropriate specimens of dead birds for mosquito-borne virus testing.

The West Umatilla Vector Control District began to collect dead crows and related birds for West Nile Virus (WNV) in 2002. The samples were collected and packaged, the exact location information noted, and sent to the Oregon Public Health Laboratory in Portland, Oregon where they are tested for the presence of WNV. This program is partly funded by a grant to the Oregon Health Division by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The District has tested a total of 32 birds. All were negative. Although the virus has not yet been reported in Oregon, monitoring dead crows and other corvids will help identify the virus if it enters the State. State agencies, private organizations, and individuals participate in the surveillance program by reporting dead bird sightings.

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West Umatilla Mosquito Control District

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