Forests, Fish and Wildlife
In recent years, several new insect borne diseases have become concerns in North America.
West Nile virus (WNV) is a potentially serious but seasonal illness which has become widely established in North America. The virus is spread through contact with infected mosquitos. Outbreaks tend to flare up in the summer and continue into the fall.
Avian influenza is a contagious viral infection caused by the influenza virus Type "A", which can affect several species of food producing birds as well as pet birds and wild birds. The virus is spread though close contact with infected live birds as well as meat, blood and other bird byproducts.
Learn more about these potentially serious diseases by clicking on the links listed below.