September 19, 2019

Bird with West Nile reported in Rockland

ROCKLAND – The city manager said Tuesday that a crow taken to a local rehabilitation center carried the West Nile virus.

Birds tested positive for the disease recently in other sections of the state, including Newport and Pittsfield.

City Manager Tom Hall said he spoke Tuesday with Christy Boucher of the state Bureau of Health, and “she indicated that the danger to humans is slight this time of year as the means of transmission is by mosquitoes, and the cool weather will help that situation.”

Nevertheless, Hall said, he has requested brochures from the state that he will make available to Rockland residents.

No human cases of West Nile have been reported in Maine, although the state has said that as of last year humans had been infected in 44 states.

Anyone finding a dead crow, raven or blue jay is asked to call the state’s toll-free reporting line at (888) 697-5846.

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