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Bird Tests Positive for West Nile in Mississippi County

JULY 2, 2004 - Posted at 4:39 p.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state Health Department reports that a bird in Mississippi County has tested positive for the West Nile virus.

Pat Harris, West Nile Virus Coordinator, said "The West Nile virus infects certain wild birds.  Some infected birds, especially crows and bluejays, are known to get sick and die from the infection.  Testing of dead crows and blue jays is a good way to check for West Nile virus activity in the environment and to serve as notice of the need to emphasize prevention and control measures to minimize the speed of the virus."  The virus is carried and transmitted by mosquitoes.  There is no evidence that handling dead birds can transmit the virus. 

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