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​Can I catch West Nile virus from a bird?

Birds and people can both get West Nile virus, but birds don’t give it to humans. Infected mosquitoes transmit the virus to people.

Although the virus isn’t transmitted from animals to humans, it’s best to avoid handling dead animals or birds with your bare hands.

Wild pigeons on wood post cuddling giving a peck kiss
Photo credit: Tracy Riddell