Thursday, May 04, 2006

ENV: WNV Now Endemic

Louisiana Stops Testing Dead Birds for West Nile Virus
Arkansas and Texas Continue Testing

Five dead birds are found in a Shreveport neighborhood, but the Louisiana State Health Department says it will not test them.

Regional Administrator, Jerre Perry, says since there have been so many birds that have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, The Office of Public Health feels it's senseless to keep testing. Perry says the state's decision has nothing to do with budget cuts, it's strictly because the virus has been in the area for a long time.

Dan Saxon with Caddo Mosquito Control says it's important for people to know that decomposing dead birds with ants and other insects on them have never been taken in for testing. He says only birds that have recently died are tested.

Arkansas and Texas continue to test certain birds for the West Nile Virus.

All Ark-La-Tex health agencies want to remind people it's mosquitos that transmit the virus.

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