[Tweeters] Dead crows in Edmonds

Bert Bartleson bartlesonfsc at comcast.net
Sat Jun 9 21:28:56 PDT 2018

Hi Charlotte,

I guess nobody else wants to wade into this subject. Most dead birds
submitted and reported in Washington have been from where most people live
[King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties]. So far, all those birds have tested
negative for West Nile Virus (WNV). WNV activity in Washington varies from
year to year. It usually peaks late in Summer. The record year for WNV
activity in WA was 2009 with 38 human cases, 22 infected birds and 72
infected horses. Most were in Eastern Washington. In past years, some bird
die-offs have been caused by Corvid Reovirus [Pierce County 2012 and Spokane
County in 2015]. Funding and dead bird follow-up is limited due to scarce
resources and varies by county. If in doubt, call your local health
department-environment health section and see if they want to collect dead
bird information. I hope that helps.

Bert Bartleson, Olympia,

Wearing my retired HD hat

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