West Nile virus in hawk puzzles scientists – 12/27/2003

  • September 29, 2013 at 6:05 pm #339
    Mike
    Keymaster

    This article is from Billings Montana
    http://www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?
    2003/12/27

    West Nile virus in hawk puzzles scientists
    Associated Press

    LARAMIE, Wyo. – Scientists are intrigued by signs of West Nile virus
    in the feather follicles of a ferruginous hawk that shows no sign of
    the virus in its blood.

    The injured hawk was found on the prairie outside town and taken to
    the Laramie Raptor Refuge.

    Refuge Director Catherine Symchych said it remains uncertain whether
    the signs of the virus in the feather follicles was due to the
    presence of transmissible virus.

    Terry Creekmore, with the State Veterinary Lab in Laramie, said a
    bird infected with the virus usually remains infected three to six
    days. The bird either builds up an immunity or dies from it.’

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