Sick or Dead Birds
Public Health collects information on dead crows and blue jays to measure the impact of WNV on the bird population from year to year. It helps us decide how likely it is that humans may get WNV.
Dane County residents who find a sick or dead crow or blue jay should call 1-800-433-1610 to report the bird.
Animal Services Officers will pick up some sick blue jays and crows and have them tested for WNV. Testing for WNV in sick crows and blue jays ends after one bird tests positive.
ON JUNE 6, 2014, PHMDC WAS INFORMED THAT A CROW TESTED POSITIVE FOR WNV.
NO FURTHER BIRDS WILL BE TESTED FOR WNV IN DANE COUNTY IN 2014.
If you wish to submit a dead bird for testing, please do the following:
- Double bag the bird and place on ice or freeze as soon as possible.
- Transport the bird to our office at 2701 International Ln., Rm. 204, Madison, WI 53704.
- The bird should be intact and not showing signs of decay.