West Nile Virus and Birds
West Nile Virus in Birds:
West Nile virus has been detected in dead birds of at least 326 species. Although birds, particularly crows and jays, infected with WN virus can die or become ill, most infected birds do survive. Click here to view a list of known infected birds.
There is no evidence that a person can get WN virus from handling infected birds; live or dead. Persons should avoid barehanded contact when handling any dead animal, and use gloves or plastic bags to place the bird carcass in a garbage bag, or contact your local health department for guidance.