The California Department of Health Services is requesting that the public call them directly to determine if the dead bird or tree squirrel meets the criteria for testing.
If the CDUS is unable to test a dead bird or tree squirrel because it is too degraded for testing, the bird or squirrrel may be disposed of in the trash by the public. All carcasses should be handled using plastic gloves, a shovel, or a plastic bag followed by thorough hand washing.
Please report all dead birds and squirrels to the California Department of Public Health:
1-877-968-BIRD (2473) or westnile.ca.gov