West Nile Virus
West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause mild illness (West Nile fever) or severe symptoms (encephalitis or meningitis-- an inflammation of the brain) in humans and other animals. People primarily get West Nile from the bite of a mosquito that is infected with the virus. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds that carry the virus in their blood. Although most people infected with WNV recover completely, the virus can cause long-term health problems and, in some instances, can be fatal.
- Dead Bird Reporting
How to report dead birds, especially crows, ravens, and blue jays in Washtenaw County. Note: We do not test dead birds for West Nilve virus.
- General West Nile Virus Information
Health risks, symptoms, and prevention tips associated with West Nile virus.
- West Nile Virus Fact Sheets
- For More Information
Links to helpful resources.
For more information, please contact Angela Parsons.