Wednesday, September 04, 2002

Birds More at Risk from West Nile Virus than Humans

That's the message of a position statement issued by the American Bird Conservancy. Although undated, the statement appears to have been prepared in late 2000 or early 2001, prior to the rapid spread of the virus in the last two years. In reality, we know next to nothing about the impacts of WNV on wild birds, except for the fact that members of the Corvidae family (crows and jays) seem to be especially susceptible and apparently suffer a high degree of mortality.

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