Officials Want to Hear About Certain Dead Birds

Officials Want to Hear About Certain Dead Birds

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- As part of the battle against the West Nile virus, the state Division of Wildlife Resources wants people to report certain dead birds.

They include jays, magpies, crows and small raptors such as hawks.

In three weeks, the state Department of Health will start checking its sentinel chickens for signs of the disease.

The department also has begun an ad campaign aimed at getting people to wear D-E-E-T mosquito repellent.

The virus is carried by mosquitoes and spread to birds, humans and horses.

In Utah, the virus first appeared last year, and health officials believe it will have greater effect this year.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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