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Arkansas Begins Surveillance for West Nile Virus

APRIL 28, 2005 - Posted at 3:33 p.m. CDT


LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas health officials will begin testing dead birds for West Nile virus.  The testing begins on dead blue jays and crows May 2. 

Officials say the birds are good for tracking the spread of the disease.  Arkansans who find dead blue jays or crows can take the birds to their local health units for testing. 

There have been no reports of West Nile Virus in humans in Arkansas this year, and most people who are infected do not get sick.  Last year, Arkansas had 28 human cases of the virus but there were no deaths attributable to the virus.  Some cases of West Nile virus were fatal the first year it was detected in the country, in 1999 in New York City.

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