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.

Friday 18 April 2014

DHEC wants SC residents to collect dead birds


The Greenville NewsApril 16, 2014 

Birds that could be infected with West Nile virus

GREENVILLE, SC — If you see a dead bird, South Carolina’s health department wants you to pick it up, with gloves on of course.

The state wants citizens to collect birds that recently died to help the Department of Health and Environmental Control monitor the spread of West Nile virus in South Carolina this year.

The virus begins to show up in mid-March and normally lasts through November, DHEC says.

If you spot a dead blue jay, crow, house sparrow or house finch, you should put on gloves or use double layers of plastic bags to pick it up and take it to local collection stations, said Chris Evans, an entomologist with DHEC’s Bureau of Laboratories.

West Nile is carried through the bird population, but mosquitoes that feast on birds can spread the virus to humans, Evans said.

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