Dead Birds & West Nile Virus

At this time, we are only able to test birds from the Corvidae family (crows, ravens, jays). Specimen birds for testing must be intact and “fresh” – NOT hit by a car or otherwise mutilated, and have died within the last 24 hours.

Check the NWHC: Bird Identification Chart for verification.

If you find a bird that meets this criteria, please double-bag and freeze it, and contact the Environmental Health Office at 503-842-3902. If you report a dead bird after hours or on weekends, we will respond during regular business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm.

Oregon Health Authority: West Nile Virus