West Nile Virus transmission to people only occurs from the bite of an infected mosquito. Keep in mind, most people who become infected with West Nile Virus will have no symptoms at all. About 20% of people infected with West Nile Virus may develop mild flu-like symptoms. Less than 1% of those bitten by infected mosquitoes become severely ill.
To be tested for the West Nile Virus, you should contact your health-care provider. If necessary, a blood sample will be taken and sent to a laboratory for testing. Some states and jurisdictions are no longer collecting dead birds because they have sufficiently established that the virus is in an area, and additional testing will not reveal any more information. Shifting resources away from testing of dead birds allows those resources to be devoted elsewhere in surveillance and control.