Surveillance and monitoring
programs are critical in determining if/where/when a health risk exists
that may affect park visitors, employees, cultural and natural resources
or the environment.
Mosquitoes do not abide by park boundaries; therefore
parks are encouraged to contact local public health authorities and work
cooperatively with county programs and other federal agencies in close
proximity to ensure that park neighbors understand NPS policy concerning
management of risk in accordance with Management Policies 2001, and to
coordinate and share monitoring efforts and data on parkland.
Funding for managing the risks of WNV is the responsibility
of the individual park and/or region. Neighboring parks in high-risk areas
may consider supporting a shared- seasonal position to conduct monitoring/surveillance.
Risk of WNV in your park. (select WNV)
- What is the risk of WNV in your Park?
- Do you need a surveillance/monitoring program?
- Establishing a surveillance/monitoring program
- Examples of park WNV monitoring /surveillance
- Submitting animals for WNV testing.
- Birds should be submitted through your local
county public health organization. All results will be submitted
to a nationwide database established by the CDC to track WNV.
- If local public health organization cannot
process birds from the park, you may submit carcasses to Dr. Emi
Saito, National Wildlife Health Center for WNV testing. To submit
specimens for testing to the NWHC, please follow all USGS
NWHC shipping instructions. Additionally, complete and submit
NWHC specimen submission form.
- If WNV is suspected in other wildlife species
or for information on wildlife disease diagnostic testing other
than WNV, contact Dr. Margaret Wild, Biological Resource Management
Division or visit NPS
Wildlife Health Program.