Here in LA (Lower Alabama), West Nile has definitely been a player. About a month or so a dead bird was found in my neighborhood that tested positive for West Nile. I agree with what's been said about normal transmission, but the way the authorities reacted to the discovery made me wonder.
They said if you find a dead bird to use gloves, bag it, put it in the freezer, and call the authorities. This suggests that they think it could somehow be transmitted via contact. But then again, it may just be that they don't want some idiot throwing unbagged roadkill in his freezer. Bag or no bag, my wife would freak if I did such a thing.
But I digress. I haven't heard a thing about what to do if the bird's dead because you killed it. They say West Nile can be transmitted via breast milk, so it makes you wonder about eating an infected bird. I've never got into bird hunting, but I imagine if anybody could answer this question it'd be someone from the Eastern seaboard or South.
PS -- I can't remember the species, but the bird found in my neighborhood wasn't a raven, crow, or jay (no magpies in AL), and it definitely wasn't in the zoo.
[ This Message was edited by: expatriate on 2002-10-31 21:45 ]