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More infected birds found

But mosquitoes still free of West Nile virus

(Published August 27, 2001)

City health officials say they are continuing their vigilance in treating areas of standing water with larvicides to keep mosquito breeding under control as a precaution to protect humans from contracting West Nile virus.

No mosquitoes have tested positive for the illness, a form of encephalitis, but officials said 46 dead birds found in Northeast Washington many in the Brookland area have so far tested positive for West Nile virus.

The disease is spread to humans through bites from infected mosquitoes. Although the disease has not been known to spread to humans by touching infected birds, officials caution residents to call authorities at (202) 727-1000 to report dead birds rather than handling the birds themselves.

Copyright 2001, The Common Denominator