Amid predictions that the West Nile virus will reach the Bay Area some time this summer, local health and pest control authorities are keeping a sharp eye out for mosquitoes carrying the disease. The first sign of the virus’ presence is likely to be dead birds; crows, ravens, jays, magpies, and hawks are particularly susceptible. If you see any such dead birds, call the hotline set up by the California Department of Health, (877) WNV-BIRD. Do not handle the birds yourself.
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