Beginning April 2020, Solano county residents are encouraged to report dead birds to the West Nile virus dead bird hotline at 1-877-968-2473, or go online to www.westnile.ca.gov to submit an electronic report. Dead birds will be tested for West Nile virus as part of the SCMAD's mission to monitor for mosquito-borne disease throughout the county of Solano.
Birds act as reservoirs for West Nile virus. When an infected bird is bitten by a mosquito, that mosquito then becomes infected with West Nile. As that mosquito continues to take multiple blood meals from other unifected birds, it passes around the virus- infecting more and more birds. These birds continue the transmission cycle by infecting other mosquitoes.
Many birds species are especially vulnerable to West Nile virus, and will usually perish from exposure to the virus. The SCMAD encourages residents to report these birds to the dead bird hotline so that we can utilize the information attained from the carcass. Birds that test positive will help in our surveillance efforts to track and control West Nile virus in the areas of the county that it is detected.