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Office Locations

Proudly serving the Nebraska Panhandle Counties of:
Banner | Box Butte
Cheyenne | Dawes
Deuel | Garden | Grant
Kimball | Morrill
Scotts Bluff |Sheridan

Infectious Disease Information

24/7 Contacts
Kim Engel

Infectious Disease Nurse, PRMRS Coordinator
Melody Leisy

Emergency Response Coordinator
Tabi Prochazka



West Nile Virus Survielance Program

I found a dead bird.

West Nile virus infects certain wild birds. The infected birds, especially crows, are known to get sick and die from the infection. Reporting of dead birds is a good way to check for West Nile virus activity in the environment to allow implementation of prevention and control measures to minimize the spread of the virus. The Nebraska West Nile virus Surveillance program relies on Nebraska citizens to report and submit dead birds seen around their property or elsewhere.

Since the virus was detected in New York City in 1999, thousands of dead birds have been submitted for testing by citizens throughout the US. There is no evidence that handling dead birds can transmit West Nile Virus. Nebraska residents are strongly encouraged to report and submit dead birds. Upon collection, place in a plastic bag and chill.

To report a dead bird please call Tabi Prochazka at
(308)487-3600 or toll free at (866)701-1773.