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Pest Alert: West Nile Virus

Fact sheet on the West Nile Virus (updated for 2003) prepared by Sue Ratcliffe, the North Central Region IPM Facilitator. To request printed copies for for more information about this fact sheet, please email or call Sue if you have information to be added: sratclif@uiuc.edu (217) 333-9656 (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

 


National Pesticide Information Center

County Extension Offices Resource Guide: http://npic.orst.edu/countyext.htm

Center for Disease Control WN virus pages

West Nile Virus Activity: United States, January 1-July 18, 2006

National WNV activity information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

National WNV activity information from U.S. Geological Survey

Lists of WN virus pages around the country, by State

Contact points from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/city_
states.htm

Maps of the US distrubution, infected mosquitoes, birds & Humans

US Geological Survey, Center for Integration of Natural Disaster Information


State: County Known Contacts Other URLs
Alabama
Arizona Dawn H. Gouge
Urban Entomologist
University of Arizona
Maricopa Agricultural Center
37860 W. Smith-Enke Road
Maricopa, AZ 85239
Phone: 520-568-2273 Ext. 223
Fax: 520-568-2556
dhgouge@ag.arizona.edu

Henry Hagedorn, U of A
(520) 621-1151
hagedorn@ag.arizona.edu

Craig Levy,
Vector Born Disease Office
(602) 230-5918
California
Colorado Communicable Disease Epidemiology Program
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, Colorado 80246-1530
(303) 692-2700
1-800-866-2759
West Nile FAQ Colorado State Fight the Bite Colorado
Connecticut State of Connecticut
Mosquito Management Program.
Conn. Dept of Ag Fact Sheet
Delaware Susan P. Whitney
Dept of Entomology & Applied Ecology
Room 250 Townsend Hall
531 S. College Ave
Newark DE 19717-1303
302-831-8886
Fax: 302-831-8889
swhitney@UDel.Edu
Delaware Fact Sheet
District of Columbia Department of Health’s West Nile Virus Call Center
(202) 535-2323
Florida Joe Conlon
AMCA Technical Advisor,
amcata@mosquito.org
904-215-3008 between 12PM-5PM Eastern Time, M-F.
Georgia (404) 657-2588
gaepinfo@dhr.state.ga.us
Idaho Dr. Marc J. Klowden
Division of Entomology
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-2339
Phone: (208) 885-7546
Fax: (208) 885-7760
mklowden@uidaho.edu
Illinois Public Health Robert J. Novak
Illinois Natural History
Survey
182 Natural Resources Building
607 E Peabody
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-6847
r-novak1@staff.uiuc.edu

Linn David Haramis, Ph.D.,
Entomologist / Vector Control Program Manager
Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Environmental Health
525 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761
217-782-5830
Fax: 217-785-0253
LHARAMIS@IDPH.STATE.IL.US
IDPH West Nile Virus Web
page: http://www.idph.
state.il.us/envhealth
/wnv.htm



Contact information for
report of dead birds:

Occasionally, some other
types of birds may be
mistaken as crows, please see http://www.idph.state.il.
us/envhealth/wnv
surveillance.htm

The Dept. authorized testing of crows and blue jays (at the IL. Dept. of Agriculture lab in Galesburg) beginning May 1. Only dead crows and blue jays in good condition (not decomposed) will be tested because those two species are most likely to have died from West Nile virus. Testing of other species of dead birds has not been found to be productive for West Nile virus surveillance because they are much more likely to have died from other causes.

Because the Illinois Department of Public Health generally works through local health departments whenever possible, the Department has requested that local health departments submit a limited number dead crows and jays for testing. Consequently, you should contact the County Health Department (or the Chicago Dept. of Health in Chicago) if you observe a dead crow or jay and ask if that agency is accepting those birds for testing.

The contact person for the Cook County Department of Public Health in the West Nile Virus bird collection and related activities for environmental health is Latrice Porter-Smith. Latrice can be reached at (708) 492-2035.

Chicago contact - Dead birds are being handled by Rodent Control. Our contact at Rodent control is Jose Cruz att 312-745-0900.

A list of local health departments may be found at:
http://www.idph
.state.il.us/local
/map.htm


Questions about wildlife may be directed to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources,

Division of Wildlife Resources (217/782-6384) or Mr. Joe Kath jkath@dnrmail.state.il.us


"Fight the Bite" from the University of Illinois
Indiana Ralph E. Williams, Ph.D.
Department of Entomology
1158 Smith Hall
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1158
Tel: (765)494-4560
FAX: (765)494-2152
ralph_williams@entm
.purdue.edu

Dr. Michael Sinsko
Indiana State Dept. of Health
(317)233-7397
Msinsko@isdh.state.in.us
http://www.entm.purd
ue.edu/entomology/ex
t/index.htm
Iowa Wayne RowleyIowa State University 440 SCIENCE II AMES, IA 50011-3222 515-294-1573 515-294-5957
rowley@iastate.edu
Kansas Kansas West Nile Virus Surveillance Program
Kentucky Fred W Knapp
Agr Associate Dean Research
S103a Agriculture Science Center North 0091
859-257-8989
859-323-3842
fknapp@uky.edu 
Louisiana Office of Public Health, Infectious Disease Epidemiology
1-800-256-2748
Maine Call 1-888-697-5846 to report a dead bird
Maryland Dr. Tracy DuVernoy
Maryland Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene
TDuverno@dhmh.state.
md.us

Cy Lesser
Chief, Mosquito Control Section
Maryland Dept. of Agriculture
50 Harry S Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21801
Tel. 410-841-5870
Fax. 410-841-5914
Lessercr@mda.state.md.us
Massachusetts To speak with someone concerning WNV during business hours, or to leave a telephone message concerning a dead bird report, please call the WNV Information Line at:
(866) MASS-WNV / (866) 627-7968.
http://www.state.ma.
us/dph/wnv/wnv1.htm
Michigan Michigan WNV contact website
Dr. Ned Walker
Assoc Prof (public health/veterinarian entomology)
MSU Dept of Entomology
243 Nat.Sciences Bldg
East Lansing MI 48824
walker@msu.edu
Minnesota Roger D Moon
612-624-2209
651-488-5127
rdmoon@umn.edu

David Neitzel, M.S.
Epidemiologist
Acute Disease Epidemiology Section
Minnesota Department of Health
(612) 676-5414
David.Neitzel@state.mn.us

Kirk A. Johnson - Vector Ecologist
Metropolitan Mosquito Control District
2099 University Avenue West
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 643-8370
kirkjohnson@visi.com
http://www.mmcd.org
Mississippi Toll-free West Nile Virus hotline:
1-877-WST-NILE (1-877-978-6453)
Missouri Houseman, Richard M.
Assistant Professor
University of Missori
573- 882-7181
HousemanR@missouri.edu

Missouri Department of
Health and Senior Services
866-628-9891 (Toll Free)
http://www.scchealt
h.org/docs/wnv/
Montana Greg Johnson
Montana State University
Dept. Entomology
Bozeman, MT 59717
406-994-3861
gdj@montana.edu

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Epidemiology and Surveillance Information 406-444-0273

Department of Livestock: Animal Health Division, 406-444-2043
Nebraska 1-877-220-1237 toll-free
Wayne L. Kramer
State Medical Entomologist
Nebraska Health and Human Services System 301 Centennial Mall SouthLincoln NE 68509-5007
402-471-0506
wayne.kramer@hhss.
state.ne.us

Nevada Wayne S Johnson
IPM Specialist
University of Nevada, Reno
Applied Economics and Statistics/204
Reno, NV 89557
wjohnson@cabnr.unr.edu

Scott Monsen
Coordinator, Vector Control
Washoe County District Health Department
P.O. Box 11130
Reno, NV 89520
smonsen@mail.co.
washoe.nv.us


Alan Tinney
Bureau of Health Protections Services
1179 Fairview Dr., Suite 201
Carson City, NV 89701
Richard Hicks
Clark County Vector Control
5809 E Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89122
New Hampshire NH DHHS Office of Community & Public Health
Communicable Disease & Surveillance
6 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
West Nile Virus Info Line 866-273-6453
New Jersey Wayne J. Crans
Research Professor
Rutgers University
Department of Entomology
178 Jones Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ   08901
(732) 932-9341
732) 932-9437
CRANS@AESOP.RUTGERS.EDU
New Mexico Office of Epidemiology
1-800-879-3421

Carol Sutherland,
New Mexico state entomologist

Dr. Rudy Bueno
(505) 873-6613 ext 223
Albuquerque’s Environmental Health Departments/Bio-Disease Management Section
New York Lois Levitan, PhD
Program Leader
Environmental Risk Analysis Program
Center for the Environment
213 Rice Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853-5601
Phone: (607) 255-4765
Fax: (607) 255-0238
LCL3@cornell.edu

Laura C. Harrington
Cornell University
Medical Entomologist
lch27@cornell.edu

Dr. Jody L. Gangloff-Kaufmann
IPM Area Specialist
New York State IPM
1425 Old Country Rd
Bldg J, Nassau CCE
Plainview, NY, 11803
516-454-0900 x 270
Fax: 516-454-0365
jlg23@cornell.edu
North Carolina NC Division of
Environmental Health
West Nile Virus Alert Line
1-877-790-1747
North Dakota
Ohio Dr. Woodbridge A. Foster
The Ohio State University
Department of Entomology
1735 Neil Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1220
614-292-2204
Fax: 614-292-2180
foster.13@osu.edu

Dick Berry
Ohio Health Department
dberry@gw.odh.state.
oh.us

Oklahoma Dept of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State Department
of Health
Oregon Oregon Department of Human Services
500 Summer St. NE E25, Salem, OR 97301-1098
Phone: (503) 945-5944
Fax: (503) 378-2897
TTY: (503) 947-5330

Health care providers and clinical laboratories are required to report cases and suspect cases of diseases of unusual public health significance immediately upon identification. On weekends and holidays, call 503/731-4030
Pennsylvania Sharon I. Gripp
Pesticide Education Program
0115 BUCKHOUT LABORATORY
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA 16802 (814) 863-8714
FAX: (814) 863-8175
sgripp@psu.edu
http://extension
.psu.edu/prepare/
animalhealth/west
nile/wndefault

http://www.westnile
.state.pa.us/
Rhode Island General Information about West Nile Virus
1-800-942-7434
Reporting Dead Birds
401-788-3698

Information about mosquito testing and abatement
401-789-6280
South Carolina Robert G. (Bob) Bellinger, Ph.D.
Extension Pesticide Coordinator, Pesticide Information Program;
Extension Pesticide Applicator Training Coordinator; IR-4 Liaison Representative;
Pest Management Information Program Coordinator; Extension Entomologist
Department of Entomology
Rm 107 Long Hall
Box 340365, Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0365
864-656-5042, 3111
Fax: 864-656-5065
bbllngr@clemson.edu
Clemson IPM
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas Texas Department of Health information line
1-888-883-9997
Utah Michelle Korth
Epidemiologist
Office of Epidemiology
Utah Department of Health
PO Box 142104
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2104
801-538-6191
fax: 801-538-9923
mkorth@utah.gov
Vermont Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street, P.O. Box 70, Burlington, VT 05402-0070

* TALK: 802-863-7200 or 800-464-4343 (from within Vermont)
* TTY/TDD: Dial 711 first
* FAX: 802-865-7754
Vermont Department of Health
Virginia Virginia Dept. of Health
Office of Epidemiology
P.O. Box 2448
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Telephone: (804) 786-6261
Washington Tom Gibbs
Zoonotic Disease Program
Washington Department of Health
7171 Cleanwater Lane, Building 3
PO Box 47825
Olympia, WA 98504-7825
360-236-3060
Fax 360 -236-2261
tom.gibbs@doh.wa.gov
Wisconsin Phil Pellitteri
Insect Diagnostic Lab
Department of Entomology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
(608) 262-651O
pellitte@entomology
.wisc.edu

Univ Wisconsin Vet Med
West Virginia Dr. June deGraft-Hanson
Extension Poultry Specialist
G014 Ag and Vet Sc
Box 6108, WVU
Morgantown, WV. 26506-6108
304-293-2631 ext. 4099
Fax: 304-293-6954
June.deGraft-Hanson@mail.wvu.edu
Wyoming Terry Creekmore
Wyoming State Arbovirus Coordinator
tcreek@state.wy.us
307-742-6681, ext. 105

Veterinary Testing
Todd Cornish, Veterinary Pathologist
307-742-6638

General Information Questions: 307-777-7172
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