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West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is transmitted to human beings by mosquito bites. There are blood tests that can diagnose the disease. Symptoms may be mild or severe and should be treated by a physician.

For health related questions or concerns contact the Epidemiology and Disease Control Office at: 240.777.1755.

Montgomery County does not collect or need to be notified about dead birds. Wildlife agencies routinely investigate sick or dead bird events only if large numbers are impacted. This type of reporting could help with the early detection of illnesses like West Nile virus or Avian influenza (bird flu), known to cause death in birds. To dispose of the bird?s carcass (body), don?t handle with bare hands. Use gloves or an inverted plastic bag to place the carcass in trash bag, which can then be disposed of in the regular trash. See links below for further details.

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To speak with a Customer Service Representative, please call 311 during business hours.