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1 October 2003 Serologic Evidence of West Nile Virus Infection in Black Bears (Ursus americanus) from New Jersey
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Serum samples obtained from 51 free-ranging black bears (Ursus americanus) in northwestern New Jersey in February and March 2002 were analyzed for neutralizing antibodies to West Nile virus (WNV) and St. Lou-is encephalitis virus. Three (6%) of the black bears tested positive for WNV-neutralizing antibodies. One additional sample was positive for flavivirus-neutralizing antibodies but could not be differentiated for a specific virus type. This is the first report of WNV infection in black bears.

Farajollahi, Panella, Carr, Crans, Burguess, and Komar: Serologic Evidence of West Nile Virus Infection in Black Bears (Ursus americanus) from New Jersey
Ary Farajollahi, Nicholas A. Panella, Patrick Carr, Wayne Crans, Kelcey Burguess, and Nicholas Komar "Serologic Evidence of West Nile Virus Infection in Black Bears (Ursus americanus) from New Jersey," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 39(4), (1 October 2003). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-39.4.894
Received: 16 October 2002; Published: 1 October 2003
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