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Subscribers who have been following posts about West Nile Virus may be interested in learning about Kansas City's effort to quantify the spread of the virus using a "Dead Crow Index."  To learn more about it, go to the following URL:
 
http://www.kcmo.org/health.nsf/web/westnilevirus
 
The Kansas City Health department has divided the city into 6 zones. Reports of dead crows are counted in each zone. When and if the number of dead crows equals 1 per square mile, it will be presumed that enough West Nile Virus is present in that zone  to justify mosquito spraying by the Health Department.
 
The site provides a link to a breakdown with current information from the six zones. At present, no zone has  reached 1 dead crow per square mile, although one zone has .667 dead crows per square mile.
 
I got the foregoing information from a four-page "Fact Sheet" on WNV being distributed to employees and voluneteers at the hospital at which I am a volunteer chaplain. The fact sheet took great pains to reassure that WNV is not something people should worry about unduly. In addiion to the URL, the Fact Sheet provided one phone number to call about dead crows and another to call about possible mosquito breeding areas.
 
 
Bob Fisher
Independence, Missouri
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