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Volume 7, Number 4—August 2001
West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus in Overwintering Culex Mosquitoes, New York City, 2000

Roger S. Nasci*Comments to Author , Harry M. Savage*, Dennis J. White†, James R. Miller‡, Bruce C. Cropp*, Marvin S. Godsey*, Amy J. Kerst*, Paul Bennett§, Kristy Gottfried*, and Robert S. Lanciotti*
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA; †New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York, USA; ‡New York City Department of Health, New York, New York, USA; §New York City Department of Environmental Protection, New York, New York, USA

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Adult mosquitoes collected in overwintering sites, Queens and the Bronx, January and February 2000

Borough Site Species No. mosquitoes
Queens Tallman Island Sewage Plant Culex pipiens 1
Cx. restuans 4
Cx. species 74
Fort Totten Cx. pipiensa 1,034
Cx. restuans 11
Cx. erraticus 1
Cx. territans 1
Cx. speciesb 1,045
Anopheles punctipennis 2
An. species 1
Other sites combined Cx. pipiens 24
Cx. restuans 4
The Bronx Hunts Point Sewage Plant Cx. species 33
Other sites combined Cx. pipiens 145

Cx. species
Total 2,383

aWest Nile (WN) viral RNA detected in two pools of specimens initially morphologically identified as Culex species and subsequently identified as Cx. pipiens by species-specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Live WN virus was isolated from one of these pools.
bWN viral RNA detected in one pool of specimens morphologically identified as Cx. species. Insufficient material was available to permit species identification by PCR.

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