Overview of West Nile Virus in Big Horn Basin Avian Communities, An
West Nile is a virus from the family Flaviviridae, genus Flavivirus, which causes an infectious, noncontiguous, arthropod-borne disease (Johnson, 2001). It is not a single virus, but is a continuum of closely related viruses, whose pathogenicity to birds and other vertebrates varies significantly and is constantly changing. The purpose of this study was to find an estimated percentage of birds in the Big Horn basin that are infected with the virus. Birds were captured using a mist net at Northwest College in Powell WY, and at Coon's Age Farm in Belfry MT. Fecal samples and cloacal/fecal swabs ...
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