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1 December 2013 Experimental Infection of Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) with West Nile virus
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The Eurasian collared-dove (Streptopelia decaocto) has recently experienced a population explosion in North America. It is frequently infected with West Nile virus (WNV). To test the hypothesis that the Eurasian collared-dove is competent to transmit WNV, we experimentally infected two cohorts of doves with two different strains of WNV, CO08, and NY99, respectively. Both virus strains induced a low-level viremia, capable of infecting a small fraction of vector mosquitoes. We suggest that the Eurasian collared-dove plays a relatively insignificant role as an amplifying host for WNV, but it may be important where it is locally abundant.

Nicholas A. Panella, Ginger Young, and Nicholas Komar "Experimental Infection of Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) with West Nile virus," Journal of Vector Ecology 38(2), 210-214, (1 December 2013). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1948-7134.2013.12032.x
Received: 18 January 2013; Accepted: 1 April 2013; Published: 1 December 2013
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