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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-26-2004, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
 
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EEK....we have a West Nile Virus Magpie!

WOW

There was a dying Magpie in our back yard, so I took it to the Wildlife Care Assiation yesterday, and they said the bird had ALL the signs of West Nile Virus. Poor little birdie

Abhay
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-29-2004, 12:22 AM
 
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Poor bird, but make sure all your "at risk" animals are protected! We have tons of magpies around here, but I have yet to see one dying.

Good luck
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-29-2004, 04:47 AM
 
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Are magpies the same as crows? Crows are more susceptible to disease and often carriers of diseases such as West Nile. If you see lots of crows in your vicinity and West Nile is known to be in your area take lots of precautions!

Take precautions against West Nile by avoiding exposure in the morning and evening when mosquitos are active, wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants to avoid bites, using repellant, and preventing mosquito breeding by not allowing water to stand in puddles or even in plant saucers.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-29-2004, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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The rescue told us that Magpies and Crows are most susceptible to West Nile Virus. They said if you see a dying bird, pick it up with gloves and put it in a dark box.

If the bird has West Nile, it will die quickly. If you find one bird that you think has West Nile, you will see more dying birds

I found a crow yesterday that had it, but since I wasn't in someone else’s car, I couldn't pick it up. I went back later to get him and he was gone.

THE MOST SUSEPTABLE ANIMAL TO WEST NILE VIRUS IS HORSES. IF YOU HAVE A HORSE, MAKE SURE IT IS VACCINATED AGAINST WEST NILE VIRUS!!!

Take Care,
Abhay

P.S. Magpies are the black & white birds with a yellow beak(and are really annoying ) . Crows are the all black, large, smart birds.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-30-2004, 03:56 AM
 
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*shudders*

I have never actually seen an animal with it personally, but a few weeks ago, it was found in some birds about 5 miles from here


Whereabouts in CA are you?
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-30-2004, 02:05 PM
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I'm starting to get scared...

I was thinking to myself how odd it was to see so many dead crows at the side of the road this year. I hope to God it's not coming and that's why I've been seeing them. I think I've seen 6 this year? It's odd to see them struck by cars as they're so smart.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-30-2004, 02:07 PM
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Oh - and Magpies are commonly called blackbirds I believe. Like Grackles, they're black and Blue Jay sized (and related I believe). Actually, jays are related to crows too (so I guess it technically is a small crow - hehe).
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-30-2004, 02:12 PM
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This is a little off-topic, but I think it's interesting. One of my co-workers is a carrier of the West Nile Virus. He has it, but it doesn't affect him. We call him Typhoid Kevin.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-30-2004, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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I am in the Sacramento Area. About a month ago everyone got a "There is West Nile Virus In Your Area!" card in the mail

When you see one dead/dying Magpie or Crow, there is going to be more

Annissa, I hate to say this....but how interesting : D I didn't know they could be a carrier, but not be affected by it.

It is a good thing West Nile doesn't hurt cats!

Take Care,
Abhay
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-31-2004, 12:29 AM
 
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Some people can get it and not die from it. Only something like 2% of the population who will get it will die. The others will get mild like flu symptoms from what I understand. It doesn't transfer from human to human.
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