Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Ohio Raptor Die-Off Attributed to West Nile Virus

Based on the finding of active virus in 2 hawks (species not identified) and 2 of 5 Great Horned Owls examined by the National Wildlife Health Center, this news release from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources attributes the July and August die-off of raptors to the West Nile Virus. The ODNR estimates that WNV affected several thousand hawks, owls, and other raptors in Ohio, and was the presumed cause of death of hundreds of individuals.

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