Remember West Nile Virus?
If you're a young, healthy adult, you're unlikely to get much more than mild flu symptoms if you happen to pick up the virus. Still, it's worth taking precautions, the District explains, like draining any standing water near your home in order to avoid attracting blood suckers.
To properly dispose of the bird:
- Wear protective gloves or use a plastic bag as a glove
- Place or wrap the dead bird in a plastic bag and tie the bag securely
- Dispose of the bag in an outdoor trash receptacle
- Wash your hands with soap and water