Ford County Public Health accepting dead birds for testing

Ford County Public Health Department collects dead birds May 1, 2022 through October 15, 2022 and is asking for assistance from the public in the collection of dead birds found in Ford County. Collecting and testing dead birds are important components of our West Nile virus surveillance program. If you find a dead bird, contact Ford County Public Health Department (217)379-9281.

However, before you submit a dead bird, please ensure the following criteria are met: 1. The bird is dead, but the carcass is in good condition. Birds should be dead no more than about 48 hours prior to collection and should not show signs of advanced decomposition.

Birds with obvious injuries such as wounds or missing parts should not be submitted for testing. Likewise, crushed carcasses and birds found along roadways are not acceptable.
Questions can be directed to the health department.

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