Birds

West Nile Virus has a wide range of effects in birds. Some have almost no signs of illness and in other species it causes severe mortality. Domestic chickens, turkeys and ducks have seemed to be quite resistant to WNV and do not usually have a high enough level of viremia to result in spread back to mosquitoes. However, many wild birds have died from WNV. A list of those affected can be found  at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/birdspecies.htm


Pet birds should be protected from mosquitoes by keeping them in a house or other area that is well screened and managed so as to prevent entry of mosquitoes. (See bird links at Utah Division of Wildlife Resources under additional resources)