Saturday, September 14, 2002

Birds Hit Hard by West Nile Virus in Midwest

According to this special report to the Washington Post by Kari Lyderson, bird lovers are concerned about the large numbers of birds--especially raptors--being reported to rehabilation centers, apparently suffering from the often-lethel effects of WNV. But Lyderson concludes with this statement:

When it comes down to it, most scientists predict that nature will ultimately take its course, as it has for centuries. The birds that survive the epidemic will pass on their West Nile-resistant traits to future generations and, over time, breeds will become resilient in the face of the disease.

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