April 16, 2006 - Posted at 12:11 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Tomorrow marks the start of statewide
surveillance for West Nile virus in Arkansas.
The virus is typically spread from birds to mosquitoes to other
animals, including humans. The surveillance will include testing
dead crows, bluejays, hawks, owls and robins.
The public is asked to bring dead birds to a local health
department office for testing. State health officials say always
use rubber gloves when handling a dead bird. Last year, Arkansas
had 28 confirmed human cases of West Nile infection that resulted
in three deaths. Symptoms of infection include fever, headache,
rash and muscle aches.