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I FOUND A DEAD BIRD -- NOW WHAT?

What should I do if I find a dead bird?

You should report the finding to the Department of Public Health at 215-685-9027. The Department of Public Health may pick up the bird to be tested for West Nile Virus (WNV).

How do I dispose of a dead bird?

Rubber gloves should be worn when disposing of a dead bird that will not be tested for WNV. Place the dead bird inside of two plastic bags. Tie the bags tightly and put them into the trash. If you do not have rubber gloves, you can put a plastic bag over your hand and then pick up the bird, invert the plastic bag over the bird and place in a second bag for disposal. The bird can be disposed in the regular trash.

Is there a chance that I can get WNV infection from a dead bird?

NO. Humans can only get WNV from the bite of an infected mosquito. (There are no reports of WNV being spread to humans by handling a dead bird.)

For more information, consult the Pennsylvania West Nile Virus website.

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