West Nile Virus


West Nile Virus (WNV) has recently emerged in North America as a threat to both public and animal health. On this page, you'll find a list of resources on disease transmission, susceptibility, and prevention. Also listed are details regarding federal, state, and local government actions in assisting with disease surveillance and control.




AWIC's frequently updated West Nile Virus Weblog pulls together news and information from around the world.



What is West Nile Virus and how is it transmitted?

Federal web sites that address this question: (1) The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (human health issues and (2) The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (animal health issues).


How can I protect myself and my animals?

See these websites for information on how to protect yourself:

See these websites for information on how to protect animals:


What are states and local governments doing about this virus? If I find a dead bird, what do I do and who do I contact?

The Centers for Disease Control, Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases provides a map and links to state and local government West Nile Virus web sites.


A blue songbird West Nile Virus, 2007

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

A bibliography and Web site resources related to the West Nile virus.