Avian Influenza Virus & West Nile Virus
Avian Influenza Virus and West Nile Virus are a public health concerns because they can infect humans, sometimes causing severe disease.
Humans aren't often exposed in B.C. to Avian Influenza Virus or West Nile Virus through wild birds, but wild birds can carry the viruses. Keeping track of birds that carry these viruses can give us early warning of infection risk to humans or livestock.
Report Dead Wild Birds
The B.C. Interagency Wild Bird Mortality Investigation Protocol, co-operated by Canadian and B.C. governments, works with reports of bird diseases and deaths, to coordinate surveillance in B.C. for Avian Influenza Virus and West Nile Virus.
- To find how to report dead wild birds, please read the 2020 Wild Bird Mortality and Flu Surveillance Program (PDF, 159KB).
Select bird carcasses submitted through the program are tested for Avian Influenza Virus and West Nile Virus. The provincial veterinary diagnostic lab (the Animal Health Centre in Abbotsford) performs a detailed exam and additional testing as required to determine cause of death.