Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Don't wait to report dead birds, region reminds residents
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 28 Jul 2006, p. 14

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The Halton Region Health Department is reminding residents to report dead bird sightings as soon as possible for its West Nile virus surveillance program. So far this year local citizens have reported over 855 birds to the health department. However, only seven specimens have been in good enough condition and of the proper species (crow, blue jay or gray jay) to be sent for West Nile virus testing. None of the results came back positive. In many cases, by the time the health department is notified the specimen is too decayed to test, which in some cases is due to delayed reporting. As the hot temperatures are likely speeding up the rate of decay, it's important to contact the Region as soon as possible after finding a dead bird. Halton Region staff takes dead bird reports seven days a week. Reports can be called in to 905-825-6000 or e-mailed to wnv@halton.ca. Details that should be included are the type or description of the bird, address or closest intersection to where it's located and the length of time it's been there. For more information on West Nile virus call the Region at the aforementioned number or visit www.halton.ca/wnv.

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Don't wait to report dead birds, region reminds residents