Vermilion health department seeks birds to test for West Nile

Vermilion health department seeks birds to test for West Nile

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Health Department is asking the public to report certain kinds of dead birds for possible testing to help determine if West Nile Virus is in the area.

The county is accepting a limited number of dead crows, blue jays, grackles, starlings, sparrows, finches, robins, cardinals, flycatchers, swallows, catbirds, mockingbirds, warblers and wrens for testing.

Larger birds are preferred and shouldn't be decomposed or have been attacked by other animals, according to Douglas Toole, the department's environmental health director.

The birds are collected and sent to the state lab to determine if they've been bitten by infected mosquitoes.

To report a dead bird in Vermilion County, call the health department at 217-431-2662, extension 247.

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