*West Nile Virus* Dead Crows

To: "John Gamblin" <>
Subject: *West Nile Virus* Dead Crows
From: "Reg Clark" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 23:27:33 +1000
Hilary Richrod <> wrote:

That West Nile Virus is all over the place here now
... no people as yet reported sick yet, but lots of
dead crows ... and this was a sparse year for
mosquitos because its been so dry.

Hello John.

The following two recent letters on this matter are from the US,"Birdchat".


Ron Nambiar wrote :

<I hope they find a vaccine soon. Otherwise, our birding will severely be

Here in the New York, Long Island, NJ and Connecticut area there have been
something like 8 deaths attributed to WNV since the first 'outbreak' three
years ago.  This in an area populated by something like 20 million people.
Almost everything you come across in day to day  life is more likely to
kill you than this virus, including car travel, smoking or lightning
strikes (about 1 in three million).  We really should keep this in
perspective.  Worry about the pesticides!

Mike Cooper
Ridge, LI, NY

Not to discount what Ram is saying, I agree with Mike, there are lots of
other things to worry about.

There was a brief article in our paper here in Windsor where they
discovered one of the dead birds carrying the virus and the article
stated that less than 1% of the mosquitoes that are around are affected.
I realize that the virus still poses a serious threat especially to the
elderly and very young. I think we are fortunate to be aware of this and
can take precautions. It was only a matter of time till they came this
far north.

Here's to continued good birding throughout the world in spite of the
obstacles, whether it be birding in dangerous areas, weather conditions
or insects!

Bea Patterson
B & B's Bed and Breakfast
Wheatley, Ontario

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