"People should still try to avoid mosquitoes," said Battle, who added, "We will continue to monitor dead birds and mosquitoes."
The Albany County Department of Health developed a West Nile Virus Control Plan, based upon statewide recommendations, that emphasized education and non-pesticide methods of eliminating mosquito breeding sites. The County Health Department is engaged in active county-wide surveillance to identify the larvae and adult forms of the Culex pipiens mosquito that is most closely associated with West Nile virus. The department will coordinate the use of the least toxic larvicides to reduce adult mosquito populations in urban areas.
To report dead birds, call Albany County at 447-4620 or the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services at 1-866-537-BIRD.""