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Bird Testing
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Bird Testing for West Nile Virus

We are not testing birds at this time

The purpose of bird testing is to provide early warning of West Nile Virus (WNV) activity and to determine areas of increased risk of human exposure.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has determined that testing birds for WNV is not necessary at this time. Boulder County Public Health will not be accepting any more birds for testing until otherwise notified by the state health department.

If you find a dead bird, do not touch it. Place the carcass in a plastic bag using a shovel or disposable gloves, double-bag it, and throw it away in an outdoor trash receptacle. Dispose of the gloves, and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

Boulder County Public Health (BCPH), in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, is taking an active role in providing information about WNV and increasing the awareness of residents of Boulder County on how they can participate in the effort to prevent the virus.

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