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Tony McNary

West Nile worries in Arkansas

West Memphis residents say they're finding a lot of dead birds, but don't know what to do with them. The Crittenden Health Department says it is sending 20 to 30 birds a day and that's an average day to the Arkansas Department of Health for testing. So far no birds in West Memphis have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The county is spraying nightly to combat the mosquito problem. Vector Disease control workers, the health department, and animal control say they are all overwhelmed with calls from people. Now, animal control and the health department are not picking up any more birds. "If you have a dead bird get it on ice as soon as possible, pick it up with a plastic bag, turn it inside out ...store it in a cooler until you can get it down here."

Again, THIS IS FOR CRITTENDEN COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY. If you have questions about the West Nile Virus, here are the numbers to call: In Shelby County, call the Health Department's West Nile Hotline at 544-7503. Outside Shelby County, you should call your local County Health Department.

There is also a National Hotline staffed by the Centers for Disease Control. For information in English dial 1-888-246-2675. For information in Spanish dial 1-888-246-2857. The C-D-C hotlines are open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 10 pm; and Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm.

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