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West Nile Virus

Dead Bird Surveillance

In 2009, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care discontinued its West Nile virus (WNV) dead bird surveillance program. Consequently, dead birds such as crows, blue jays and ravens, are no longer being used as indicators of the presence of WNV in Durham Region.  While the Durham Region Health Department is no longer collecting and submitting birds for WNV testing, we continue to use other indicators, such as mosquito surveillance, to determine the risk of WNV for area residents.

All inquiries regarding dead birds and/or the testing of dead birds should now be directed to the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre at 1-866-673-4781. For all other inquiries about West Nile Virus, please call the Durham Region Health Department - Environmental Help Line at 905-723-3818 or 1-866-777-9613.