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Volume 10, Number 5—May 2004


Corvidae Feather Pulp and West Nile Virus Detection

Douglas E. Docherty*Comments to Author , Renee Romaine Long*, Kathryn M. Griffin*, and Emi K. Saito*
Author affiliations: *National Wildlife Health Center, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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Logarithmic titers of West Nile virus infectious particles (per 0.1 mL of 10% tissue suspension) present in each type of sample, as detected by plaque assay in Vero cells

Type of sample No. tested Median (range)
Kidney/spleen pool
1.0 (<1.0 to 3.3)
Cloacal swab
1.9 (<1.0 to 4.0)
Vascular pulp of flight feather 12 4.9 (3.5 to >7.4)

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