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Emerg Infect Dis. 2001 Jul-Aug;7(4):754-5.

Comparative West Nile virus detection in organs of naturally infected American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos).

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, CO 80522, USA. nap4@cdc.gov

Abstract

Widespread deaths of American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos)were associated with the 1999 outbreak of West Nile (WN) virus in the New York City region. We compared six organs from 20 crow carcasses as targets for WN virus detection. Half the carcasses had at least one positive test result for WN virus infection. The brain was the most sensitive test organ; it was the only positive organ for three of the positive crows. The sensitivity of crow organs as targets for WN virus detection makes crow death useful for WN virus surveillance.

PMID:
11592255
PMCID:
PMC2631762
DOI:
10.3201/eid0704.010430
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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