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Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 Aug;17(8):1531-3. doi: 10.3201/eid1708.101979.

West Nile virus infection in killer whale, Texas, USA, 2007.

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SeaWorld, San Diego, California 92109, USA. judy.st.leger@seaworld.com

Abstract

In 2007, nonsuppurative encephalitis was identified in a killer whale at a Texas, USA, marine park. Panviral DNA microarray of brain tissue suggested West Nile virus (WNV); WNV was confirmed by reverse transcription PCR and sequencing. Immunohistochemistry demonstrated WNV antigen within neurons. WNV should be considered in cases of encephalitis in cetaceans.

PMID:
21801643
PMCID:
PMC3381582
DOI:
10.3201/eid1708.101979
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