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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 Surveillance Program

I found a dead bird

West Nile virus infects a certain species of wild birds. These birds, known as Corvid species, are known to die from infection from West Nile. Reporting these dead birds is a good way to check for activity in the environment so prevention and control implementations can be taken to minimize the spread of West Nile virus.

There is no evidence that handling dead birds can transmit West Nile. Nebraska residents are strongly encouraged to report and submit dead birds. Here are some guidelines for reporting a dead bird:

  1. Bird cannot be deceased for more than 24 hours.
  2. Bird must be undamaged; it cannot have bullet fragments, missing limbs, or any obvious lesions.
  3. Bird has to be of the Corvid species. Please see the pictures below for reference.

If you found a bird that meets these criteria on your property, please place in plastic bag and chill, then immediately contact PPHD for collection.

To report a dead bird or for more information, please contact Melissa Cervantes at 308-487-3600 ext. 108 or e-mail mcervantes@pphd.org

Bird Images
Bird Images












Page last reviewed: July 10, 2017
Page last updated: December 2, 2016