The CDC West Nile Virus Questions and Answers Page provides information on topics such as:
PLEASE NOTE: CDC is not a hospital or clinical facility; we do not see patients and are unable to diagnose your illness, provide treatment, prescribe medication, or refer you to specialists. If you have a medical emergency, contacting CDC may not be the proper way to get immediate help. If you are a patient, please see your health care provider or the nearest emergency room. If you are a health care provider, please contact your state epidemiologist or local health department.
If you need to pick up a dead bird, or local authorities tell you to simply dispose of it: Avoid bare-handed contact with any dead animals, and use gloves or an inverted plastic bag to place the bird carcass in a garbage bag and dispose of it with your routine trash.
If you have questions about reporting dead birds in your area, please contact your state or local health department.
Regarding pesticides, the federal agency responsible for pesticide evaluation is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). See the EPA web site for detailed answers to questions about pesticides used for mosquito control.
To get more information on insect repellents containing DEET.
A special West Nile virus surveillance program has been set up. Please see the Surveillance and Control page on this site for the latest program information.
Background information on West Nile Virus includes sections on the history and geographic distribution of the virus. Information about the ecology and classification of the virus is is available on the ecology and virology pages. You may also browse a list of publications on the disease. Important publications include the Guidelines for Surveillance, Prevention, and Control [PDF - 77 pages] and the proceedings of the National Planning Meetings for Surveillance, Prevention and Control of West Nile Virus in the United States.