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Volume 15, Number 10—October 2009

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West Nile Virus Antibodies in Wild Birds, Morocco, 2008

Jordi FiguerolaComments to Author , Riad E. Baouab, Ramon Soriguer, Ouafaa Fassi-Fihri, Francisco Llorente, and Miguel Angel Jímenez-Clavero
Author affiliations: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Seville, Spain (J. Figuerola, R. Soriguer); Université Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco (R.E. Baouab); Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Rabat (O.Fassi-Fihri); Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria, Valdeolmos, Spain (F. Llorente, M.A. Jímenez-Clavero)

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Number of wild birds with antibody titers against West Nile virus, by species, Morocco, 2008*

Species Titer, no. birds (no. juveniles)
0 20 40 80 160 320 640
Acrocephalus scirpaceus 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alcedo atthis 4 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Asio otus 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carduelis carduelis 9 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carduelis chloris 12 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cettia cetti 19 (4) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hippolais pallida 49 (17) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hippolais polyglotta 5 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luscinia megarhynchos 4 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Oriolus oriolus 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Passer domesticus 175 (109) 1 1 2 (1) 0 0 0
Pycnonotus barbatus 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Serinus serinus 9 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sturnus vulgaris 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sylvia melanocephala 18 (7) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Turdus merula 23 (18) 4 (1) 1 1 0 0 2

*Captured in June (n = 197) and July (n = 149 + 14 recaptured birds first sampled in June); only data for first capture are shown.

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