Friday, August 30, 2002

Update on West Nile Virus in West Virginia

The latest (August 29, 2002) update from the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health’s Division of Surveillance and Disease Control shows that 3,016 dead birds (only 97 of them crows) have been reported in West Virginia. Of 267 birds for which test resuls are available, 31 (13%) have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Twelve species have tested positive for WNV (Mourning Dove 1 individual, Blue Jay 13, American Crow 2, Tufted Titmouse 1, Eastern Bluebird 1, American Robin 4, European Starling 1, Northern Cardinal 1, Common Grackle 2, American Goldfinch 1, House Sparrow 4, and other 1), and WNV has been detected in 17 counties (Boone, Cabell, Grant, Greenbrier, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason, Mercer, Nicholas, Putnam, Roane, Taylor, Wayne, Wetzel, and Wood).

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