Monday, September 16, 2002

West Nile Virus Confirmed in 96 Species of Native North American Birds

An update issued by the National Wildlife Health Center on August 30, 2002, confirms the detection of WNV in 122 species of birds in North America since 1999, including:

96 species native to North America (including birds held in captivity),
5 species introduced and established in North America
11 species domesticated or kept as pets
10 exotic species housed in zoos
By contrast, a list issued by NWHC on July 16, 2002, contained just 80 bird species, including:
61 species native to North America (including birds held in captivity)
5 species introduced and established in North America
9 species domesticated or kept as pets
5 exotic species housed in zoos

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