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Volume 8, Number 4—April 2002

Research

Introduction of West Nile Virus in the Middle East by Migrating White Storks

Mertyn Malkinson*Comments to Author , Caroline Banet*, Yoram Weisman*, Shimon Pokamunski†, Roni King‡, Vincent Deubel§, and Marie-Thrse Drouet
Author affiliations: *Kimron Veterinary Institute, Beit Dagan, Israel; †Veterinary Services and Animal Health, Beit Dagan, Israel; ‡Nature and Parks Authority, Jerusalem, Israel; §Pasteur Institute, Lyon, France;

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Table 3

Summary of viral isolations and polymerese chain reaction (PCR) examinations of the 13 storks that arrived in Eilat, Israel, August 26, 1998

Date of collection (1998) Date of laboratory examination No. of storks examined No. of WNV isolates
(Vero cells) No. of brains PCR positive
August 28 Sept 4 3a 1 a 3 b
August 28 Sept 9 6 1 2
August 28 Oct 8 4 2 4
Total 13 4 9

a Pooled sample.
b From three litters of suckling mice inoculated with the pool of three stork brains.
WNV=West Nile virus.

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