Health department prepares for West Nile virus testing


FORD COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The health department is collecting dead birds from the county as part of a West Nile virus surveillance program. Anyone finding a dead bird should double bag them in sealable plastic.

However, there are some criteria required for a sample:

  • Bird’s carcass is in good condition; dead no more than 48-hours before collection and no signs of advanced decomposition
  • No signs bird died of causes other than disease; obvious injuries like wounds or missing parts, should not be submitted
  • Bird must be one acceptable for testing

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