Over 160 species of birds have been found infected with West Nile virus (WNV). The mortality rate of crows infected with WNV is very high. Because of this, we use crows as an indicator for WNV presence. Crows that are in good condition will be tested by the New Jersey Department of Health for WNV. NJDOH will only test birds that have not been dead for more than 48 hours.
What do I do if the bird has been dead for more than 48 hours?
Please notify the local health department of the address of the dead crow, as this information will be used for mosquito control and epidemiological purposes.
How do I dispose of dead birds if the local health department cannot come out and collect the bird?
How to Dispose of Dead Crows or Other Dead Birds
Residents in rural areas may choose to bury the birds. Make certain they are buried deeply so that dogs, cats, coyotes or vermin won't dig them up.
How will I know if the bird I called in for submission is Positive for West Nile virus?
The Office of Mosquito Control will call you if the bird is confirmed positive.