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West Nile Virus

Communicable Disease Manual Chapter [pdf 138k]

West Nile Virus Fact Sheet -- Questions and Answers [pdf 36k]

2016 End of the Year Report [pdf 123k]

Weekly Test Results:

Guidelines & Forms for Bird Testing:

  • Routine bird testing for WNV has been discontinued, but it is still recommended to report dead or ill birds to the county mosquito control agency; testing birds for WNV remains available by special request, [pdf 223K]

  • Dead- Ill Bird Report/Laboratory Submission Form [Word 41K] [PDF 81K]

  • Wild Birds: Immediately report observations of sick or dead wild birds to the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife at 908-236-2118 or USDA-Wildlife Services at 908-735-5654 ext. 2. Do not handle sick or dead wild birds.

  • Poultry: Poultry owners (commercial producers and backyard enthusiasts) should immediately report sick or unexplained poultry deaths to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health at 609-671-6400 or email For small flocks, this can include deaths of one bird per day for two days in a row.

Guidelines & Forms for Human Testing:

  • Form A - Approval Protocol for West Nile Virus Human Specimen Testing [Word 21K ] [PDF 9K]
  • Form B - Diagnostic Criteria for Testing of Suspect Human Cases of West Nile Virus Infection in New Jersey [Word 26K ] [PDF 26K]
  • Form C - Submission Protocol for Testing of Human Sera and Cerebrospinal Fluid Specimens[Word 25K ] [PDF 62K]
  • Patient Intake Form [Word 96K] [PDF 69K]
  • Request for Viral Serology [Word 38K] [PDF 79K]


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