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West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus (WNV) was first discovered in New York State in 1999.  Ever since, there has been aggressive effort to track the virus as it affected every county in the state.  In just a matter of years, the virus spread across the United States.

It is believed that the virus is still present in the environment, so precautions should be taken to protect yourself.  Based on guidance from the NYSDOH, Chemung County will no longer track the virus with our Dead Bird Surveillance Program. It has become increasingly difficult to determine the potential threat to human health based on dead birds only

If you discover a dead bird, and feel that it is in a location that could expose a child or pet, it is suggested that you dispose of the dead bird in your trash or bury it on your property.  Avoid bare-hand contact with the dead bird.  An easy method you can consider is to take an old plastic grocery sack, stick your hand in the bag, and grab onto the bird with the bag.  Then with your opposite hand pull the bag over the bird and tie the bag.  The bag could then be placed in your trash.

The NYSDOH has a website regarding "mosquitoes and disease" that you can browse by clicking HERE.


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Elmira, NY

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