Horses. Horses can become
infected with WNV. Unlike birds, all kinds of horses seem to be equally at
risk to the virus. Signs that a horse may be infected include loss of
control of balance and in movement. There is a vaccine available for horses
against WNV. Contact your veterinarian for additional information about WNV,
the vaccine and other kinds of encephalitis that infect horses.
West Nile Virus Reporting
Call the Health Department at
(541) 440-3571, fax (541) 464-3914 to report WNV infection. All Oregon health
care providers are required by law to report suspected cases of West Nile Virus
to the Health Department within 24 hours. Oregon laboratories are required by
law to report positive WNV lab results to the local health department within one
working day. The timely identification of persons with WNV enables appropriate
public health follow-up for patients.
What should I do if I find a dead bird?
Call the Health Department
at (541) 464-3820 or (800) 234-0985, or Animal Control at (541) 440-4328,
fax (541) 440-4470. DO NOT TOUCH IT. The vast majority of infections have
been identified in birds, especially crows and jays. There is no evidence
that a person can get the virus from handling live or dead infected birds,
but the Health Department would like you to leave the bird where you see it
so they can investigate.