There are many pages on the Internet which are excellent resources for
information about West Nile Virus. Our intention at Cocka2.Com is not to
duplicate the efforts that have been made but to provide you with as many links
as possible in order to educate yourself about this disease.
In 2002, only 4 of the continental United States were totally free of WNV
cases, either human or avian or animal (OR, NV, UT and AZ). During the warm
summer months, this disease may continue to involve even more locations.
It is important to prepare now in order to recognize the symptoms and
mosquito-proof yourself and your birds and animals against this disease.
says "West Nile virus is
spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus can infect people, horses,
many types of birds, and some other animals." Additionally, "the hours
from dusk to dawn are peak mosquito biting times." Those with animals and
aviaries outdoors are most at risk, while people should use mosquito
Consider all sources of standing water as potential breeding grounds for
mosquitos. Make yourself aware of any local mosquito abatement program in your
community. Be certain that your property has no places for mosquitos to breed
and report any dead birds to your local agencies.