Dead Birds  

ButteryDelight 58F
1961 posts
7/24/2006 6:31 am

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Dead Birds


I am usually the first person awake as I am an earlier riser and it is not unusual to find me up at 5:30 in the morning. This morning I did the same thing I do every morning. I went out to get the paper and I took a walk around the yard. I petted my dogs and waved to a neighbor. But, when I went to check the flower beds I got a nasty surprise. There was a dead blue jay right in the middle of my azalea bushes. This was not a good thing to find for two reasons. One cause it meant I had to dispose of the dead bird; a not very appealing chore to have to do and two because it might mean that the bird was infected with West Nile Virus.

This is mosquito season in Texas and the city trucks have been out spraying the drainage ditches and culverts once a week. We all have been warned in the new papers and radio to be sure and use OFF or some other kind of repellent when going outdoors, and to not leave water standing around in your yard. I empty my flower pots regularly and the dog's swimming pool as well.

As you no doubt know,West Nile Virus (WNV)is passed to humans by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected by biting a bird that has WNV. One in every 150 people who are infected with WNV develop severe symptoms. These are high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, convulsions tremors, muscle weakness, vision loss, paralysis and sometimes death. Twenty percent of the people infected with WNV have symptoms of fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the stomach, chest and back. 80% of those infected with WNV will show no symptoms at all.

The point to all this is, I had to use a paper bag to handle the dead blue jay. I double bagged it and took it to the county health center where it was tested for WNV. I found out that if I had found the dead bird on the weekend I would have had to keep it stored in my freezer over the weekend. Ewwwww, yuck! This is because birds can not be tested for WNV unless they are in good condition. In my county the birds are tested right there instead of the blood sample being sent off to the state lab, with the results coming back in 20 to 25 minutes. I am happy to say that the dead blue jay I found did not have the WNV. That was a big sigh of relief for me as WNV has been confirmed in some dead birds found earlier this year.

I'm still going to take precautions. Such as wearing light colored clothing and spraying myself with repellent every time before I go out.

How about you? Are you concerned about WNV? Or do you think it is not something to worry about? Do you take precautions and spray yourself before going out?


rm_muffin162 55M
763 posts
7/24/2006 7:50 am

I like the bit about the dogs swimming pool,they must be pampered pooches if they have there own pool.


SAUCERHEAD102 45M

7/24/2006 9:17 am

The West nile stuff is a bunch Of New World Order crap. Soon the government will require us to vaccinate for something and it just might be the West Nile and it will kill you. www.Alexjones.com


ButteryDelight 58F

7/24/2006 9:50 am

    Quoting rm_muffin162:
    I like the bit about the dogs swimming pool,they must be pampered pooches if they have there own pool.
Actually, muffin. They each have their own seperate child sized plastic wading pool. It is darned hot here in Texas. And one of my dogs is 14 years old. The other is a 5 month old pit bull dog.

thank you for reading and commenting.

Buttery Delight


rm_saintlianna 45F
15466 posts
7/24/2006 5:39 pm

I freak out every time one of those lil bloodsucking bastards gets near me. Which reminds me, I should drain the little pond I have.


ButteryDelight 58F

7/24/2006 10:42 pm

    Quoting SAUCERHEAD102:
    The West nile stuff is a bunch Of New World Order crap. Soon the government will require us to vaccinate for something and it just might be the West Nile and it will kill you. www.Alexjones.com
"The West nile stuff is a bunch Of New World Order crap". I did not know that. Hmmm. I'll have to tell my Aunt this as she is still suffering from the effects of WNV from a mosquitoe bite she recieved.

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 58F

7/24/2006 10:45 pm

    Quoting rm_saintlianna:
    I freak out every time one of those lil bloodsucking bastards gets near me. Which reminds me, I should drain the little pond I have.
It depends, saintlianna. If the water in the pond is not stagnant and still, if it has a source of pure water, it should be all right to leave it. It is just standing water that gives mosquitos areas to breed in.

Buttery Delight


fancy_for_you 39F
3014 posts
7/25/2006 5:42 am

Buttery,

You bet I worry about it. That's why my dogs don't have water bowls outside anymore. And that is why I don't go outside much when it is prime mosquito temprature. I also have seen the effects of WNV. The husband of the owner of the GYM I go to has had it twice now. Once last year and now again this year.

I keep my pets treated against mosquitos...there is a topical treatment out there called Biospot that helps repel mosquitos and gnats away from dogs.

I myself can not use OFF and things like that. When I use them the mosquitos are more attracted to me than ever. Something about my body chemistry and those repelants that say come get me instead of stay away or die.

Oh and sorry about the AC in the other post.....those repair men love to stick it to a person on the weekends and after hours. Now you know how I feel about my car going up in flames last week. I am going to the bank today for a loan to get a new(used) one. I honestly don't know what I would do if the AC went out in the house though. I have already had a heat stroke so am very suseptible to another.

Fuzzy

~~Fuzzy~~


ButteryDelight 58F

7/25/2006 10:52 am

    Quoting rm_mzhunyhole:
    Yep..I worry some..I wouldn't touch a dead one.
Well, it only makes sense to as careful as you can.

BTW..welcome back to blogland.

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 58F

7/25/2006 10:56 am

    Quoting fancy_for_you:
    Buttery,

    You bet I worry about it. That's why my dogs don't have water bowls outside anymore. And that is why I don't go outside much when it is prime mosquito temprature. I also have seen the effects of WNV. The husband of the owner of the GYM I go to has had it twice now. Once last year and now again this year.

    I keep my pets treated against mosquitos...there is a topical treatment out there called Biospot that helps repel mosquitos and gnats away from dogs.

    I myself can not use OFF and things like that. When I use them the mosquitos are more attracted to me than ever. Something about my body chemistry and those repelants that say come get me instead of stay away or die.

    Oh and sorry about the AC in the other post.....those repair men love to stick it to a person on the weekends and after hours. Now you know how I feel about my car going up in flames last week. I am going to the bank today for a loan to get a new(used) one. I honestly don't know what I would do if the AC went out in the house though. I have already had a heat stroke so am very suseptible to another.

    Fuzzy
Fuzzy, I've read that garlic works well as a repellent for mosquitoes. I give my dogs a garlic pill every morning. They seem to think they are getting a treat.lol. Don't know if it would work on you Fuzzy, but you could try it.

Good luck on the car search. I hope you find one that suites you.

Buttery Delight


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