West Nile Virus
The West Nile Virus is carried by mosquitoes and affects birds, horses and other animals as well as humans. It can be fatal to birds and the testing of dead birds is one way which the MDPH (Massachusetts Department of Public Health) can identify in what areas of the state the virus exists. If you find a dead bird in your yard you should notify the MDPH at 1-866-627-7968, Option #1. You will then be given information on submitting the bird for testing.
If the MDPH determines that the bird is to be submitted for testing, you should then call the Hanson Board of Health Office at 781-293-3138 and notify them that you will be submitting a bird. It is up to the resident to safely transport the dead bird to the following repository:
Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project
142 R Pembroke Street, Kingston
Note: A dead bird should never be touched with bare hands.
For more information on the West Nile Virus and what the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is doing to help protect you and to learn what you can do to protect yourself call 1-866-627-7968 or visit their web site at http://www.state.ma.us/dph/wnv/wnv1.htm