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Washington State Department of Health tests birds request by local health departments and tracks where tested birds are found. The agency, however, no longer tracks public reporting of dead birds. In recent years, monitoring of mosquitoes has proven to be a more reliable indication of current West Nile virus activity.

Dispose of the dead bird safely. Don’t handle it with your bare hands. Use gloves or an inverted plastic bag to place the bird in a garbage bag, and dispose in your outdoor garbage can.

You can report dead birds to Department of Fish & Wildlife, Report Observations of Dead Wildlife. They investigate the cause of death involving large wild bird die-offs, including suspected diseases such as West Nile virus.