About the Virus, the Disease and Its Spread
West Nile virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. It can infect people, horses, many types of birds, and some other animals. Most people who become infected with West Nile virus will have either no symptoms or only mild symptoms. However, on rare occasions, West Nile virus infection can result in severe and sometimes fatal illnesses. There is no evidence to suggest that West Nile virus can be spread from person to person or from animal to person.
Hawaii currently has NO cases of West Nile Virus. The State Department of Health is working toward taking necessary precautions to prevent this virus from coming to the islands.
A key component of the fight against West Nile Virus is public education. Getting people to take personal responsibility by eliminating their yards and communities of prime mosquito breeding grounds and habitat is the most effective way to prevent illness.
Another component in the fight against West Nile Virus is early detection of the virus in the environment. Dead birds in an area may indicate that the virus is present, so the public can help by calling 211 to report dead birds they find. Callers may be asked to turn in appropriate birds for testing.
The above link redirects you to the
website where you can report dead birds you find. If the bird is appropriate for WNV testing
you will be contacted and arrangements can be made to pick up the bird. Please keep the bird cool
until it is picked up.
For an overview of West Nile virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.