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Volume 10, Number 12—December 2004

Dispatch

West Nile Virus Viremia in Wild Rock Pigeons

Andrew B. Allison*Comments to Author , Daniel G. Mead*, Samantha E. J. Gibbs*, Douglas M. Hoffman†, and David E. Stallknecht*
Author affiliations: *University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA; †United States Department of Agriculture–Wildlife Services, Athens, Georgia, USA

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Table 2

West Nile virus (WNV) viremia titers of free-ranging rock pigeons from northwest rail yard, Fulton County, Georgia, 2002–2003

Bird ID no. Collection date Log10 PFU/mL
3309a 8/22/2002 2.3
3316 8/22/2002 5.3
3325 8/22/2002 4.4
3494 8/22/2002 3.4
3498 8/22/2002 3.5
3518 8/22/2002 3.3
3524 8/22/2002 2.2
4025 7/30/2003 4.4
4070 7/30/2003 4.4
4288 9/5/2003 3.6
5206b 9/5/2003 7.2

aHatch-year bird; all other viremic pigeons were identified as adults.
bDied from a pigeon paramyxovirus-1 infection 11 days postcapture; virus identification of serum isolate as WNV was confirmed by reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction of extracted RNA from serum and neutralization assays using Newcastle disease virus and WNV-specific antisera.

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