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Volume 12, Number 12—December 2006

Dispatch

West Nile Virus Antibody Prevalence in Wild Mammals, Southern Wisconsin

Douglas E. Docherty*, Michael D. Samuel*Comments to Author , Cherrie A. Nolden†, Kristina F. Egstad*, and Kathryn M. Griffin*
Author affiliations: *US Geological Survey, Madison, Wisconsin, USA:; †University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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Prevalence of West Nile virus (WNV) antibody in medium-sized wild mammals, southern Wisconsin, 2003–2004

Species No. tested Virus antibody present
Flavivirus, n (%) WNV specific, n (%)
Raccoons 78 19 (24) 15 (19)
Opossums 71 27 (38) 14 (20)
Coyote 59 22 (37) 16 (27)
Red fox 7 1 (14) 1 (14)
Skunk 6 0 0
Feral cat 5 1 (20) 0
Badger 2 0 0
Total 228 70 (31) 46 (20)

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