West Nile Virus

To Report a dead or ill bird, call (609) 265-5533 or CLICK HERE

West Nile virus (WNV) is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. You can reduce your risk of being infected with WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. West Nile virus infection can cause serious disease. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.

WNV is established as a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall.

West Nile Virus is not spread by person-to-person contact and being bitten by a mosquito does not mean you will get the virus. Even in areas where mosquitoes have been found to carry the virus, less than 1% of them are infected. If a mosquito is infected, less than 1% of people who are bitten by that mosquito will become severely ill.


Reduce your risk of contracting West Nile Virus 

  • The most effective way to control mosquitoes around the home is to remove any standing water.
  • Mosquitoes need still water to breed and grow and it doesn't take much water or time.
  • Make sure screens on doors and windows are in good condition.
  • When possible, limit outdoor activities at dusk, dawn, and during the evening. Wear long pants and long sleeved shirts when outdoors, especially during these times.

  • Use mosquito repellent. CDC recommends the use of products containing active ingredients which have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing.

    Of the products registered with the EPA, those containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.

WNV and birds

In nature, West Nile virus cycles between mosquitoes and birds.  Some infected birds can develop high levels of the virus in their bloodstream and mosquitoes can become infected by biting these infected birds.  Some, but not all infected birds get sick and die of disease.  One way the health department conduct surveillance for West Nile virus is by testing local birds.  Finding dead birds may be a sign that West Nile virus is circulating between birds and the mosquitoes in an area. By reporting dead birds to the health department, you can play an important role in monitoring West Nile virus.

To report dead or ill birds in Burlington County, call 609-265-5533 or click here
to fill out an online form.

If you find a dead bird: Don’t handle the body with your bare hands.

Birds of the Corvidae family are the main birds currently tested in the State of New Jersey for West Nile Virus. Other species are tested case-by-case only.

Please use the description and images Here as a  reference to identify the bird you have found