Dane County residents who find a sick or dead crow or blue jay should call 1-800-433-1610
to report the bird.
Testing may be available for sick or dead birds. For more information, see the section on surveillance under How is the PHMDC Responding?
After reporting a dead crow or blue jay, the bird can be picked up and disposed of in the household garbage by placing a plastic bag over your hand, picking up the bird with the covered hand, and pulling the bag around the bird. While West Nile Virus is not easily transmitted to humans by handling an infected bird, it is prudent to avoid touching sick or dead birds with bare hands. Double bagging and sealing or tightly tying the bag shut should help prevent odors in the garbage.
In the City of Madison, the dead bird can be placed on the terrace and you can call City Engineering Division at (608) 266-4430 to request that the animal be picked up.
If the bird is still alive but obviously sick, call (608) 255-2345 and request an Animal Services Officer response.