Wayne State University is following recommendations from the city of Detroit Health Department for addressing West Nile Virus. The main concern here on campus is staff and student contact with dead or dying crows, ravens and blue jays. Remember, you cannot contract West Nile Virus from infected birds, but we do not want you to handle them with your bare hands due to other diseases they may carry. These species are the most susceptible to the virus and are being collected by the city Health Department for analysis. Facilities, Planning and Management (Grounds Services, Building Engineers, Trades) have been informed on the proper procedure to collect these birds. The link above describes the procedure our FP&M staff will follow to call in or properly dispose of the above mentioned birds found on campus. There is also an internet link to the city Health Department's website for additional information.
OEHS is still waiting to hear from the City of Detroit's Health Department for (2004) updates. In the meantime, follow the written steps to safely pick up dead crows, ravens and bluejays. Report any of these dead birds found on campus to OEHS (577-1200).