As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday 22 September 2012

Another Dead Bird in Culver City Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

Another dead bird testing positive for West Nile Virus has been discovered in Culver City.

The Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-Borne Disease Control District based in Culver City announced the discovery on Sept. 18. It is the eighth bird that has now tested positive for the virus in Culver City (see attached PDF to the right of this article with a breakdown of neighborhoods and zip codes).

Culver City residents who discover a dead bird should call 1-877-WNV BIRD (1-877-968-2473). Dead birds must be less than 24 hours old to be able to test them for West Nile virus. If the bird is rigid or decomposed, it cannot be used for testing.

According to the Disease Control District, birds that are not in a condition to be tested can be disposed of in your normal weekly trash by taking the following steps:

  • Take plastic garbage bag and insert your hand in the open end.
  • Grab the dead bird and pull it into the garbage bag using an “outside-to-inside” pulling motion.
  • Tie off the bag with the bird inside and place it in your regular trash for disposal.

The District does not pick up and disposed of dead birds that are not in a condition to be tested. Animal Control should be called for disposal of dead birds that are too old to be tested, if the personal disposal method listed above is not used.


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