Two More West Nile Birds In Pennsylvania

Pa. State officials yesterday (Sept. 28) confirmed that dead crows in Southampton, Bucks County, and Lansdowne, Delaware County, have tested positive for West Nile virus, bringing the total infected birds in the state to four.

Laboratories in the state departments of Agriculture and Health performed tests to confirm the results. The Bucks County crow was found Sept. 17, and the Delaware County crow was found Sept. 12.

"It's important to remember that, so far, no people or mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus in Pennsylvania," said Health Secretary Robert S. Zimmerman Jr.

"Mosquitoes transmit the virus to people. Still, dead birds can be an important warning sign, and we continue to ask people to be alert to them.

"These birds, and the two others from earlier this week, were found because residents called the 877/PA HEALTH toll-free hotline to report them.

"The most important part of our surveillance effort is you and me. If you see a dead bird, call the hotline."

On Tuesday, the Department of Health confirmed two dead crows from Bucks and Chester counties had West Nile virus.

"The chances of contracting West Nile virus remain low, and, even if exposed, the likelihood of serious illness is small," Dr. Robert Muscalus, Physician General, said.

For more information on West Nile virus or how to handle dead birds found in the community, visit the Pennsylvania website at or directly at Or call the Department of Health's information line at 1-877-PA-HEALTH. The toll-free information line is answered 24 hours a day. Direct assistance is available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. A Department of Health representative is available for emergency cases at other times.

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