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General Information About West Nile Virus

The CDC West Nile Virus Questions and Answers Page provides
information on topics such as:

Health Concerns
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.

Questions About State Activities/Reporting Dead Birds
If you have questions about West Nile Virus activities in specific states or wish to report dead birds in your area, please contact your state or local health department.

Pesticides and Insect Repellents
Regarding pesticides, the federal agency responsible for pesticide evaluation is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). See the EPA website
for detailed answers to questions about pesticides used for mosquito control.

To get more information on insect repellents containing DEET.

Surveillance of West Nile Virus
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.

Epidemiology and Scientific 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   Adobe Acrobat Reader(254 KB, 77 pages) and the proceedings of the National Planning Meetings for Surveillance, Prevention and Control of West Nile Virus in the United States.

Additional Information
For additional information about West Nile virus, please see the following pages and sites:

Hotlines for Public Inquiries

and for Clinicians

(800) CDC-INFO (232-4636)
(866) 874-2646
24/7/365 toll-free telephone assistance
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If you still have questions or comments, feel free to send us a message.
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