Two birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in Vermont. A hawk in Milton and a crow in Burlington were collected on August 6.
State health officials say they had expected to find West Nile virus in birds in Vermont now that the virus is well established in the United States. Vermont reported its first infected bird in 2000 and its first human case in 2002. There have been no confirmed human cases in Vermont this year. Last year, Vermont had three cases of West Nile virus in humans and four in horses.
The disease is spread by infected mosquitoes.