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1 October 2014 West Nile Virus Isolated from a Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) in Northwestern Missouri, USA, 2012
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We describe the isolation of West Nile virus (WNV; Flaviviridae, Flavivirus) from blood of a Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) collected in northwestern Missouri, USA in August 2012. Sequencing determined that the virus was related to lineage 1a WNV02 strains. We discuss the role of wildlife in WNV disease epidemiology.

Wildlife Disease Association 2014
Angela Bosco-Lauth, Jessica R. Harmon, R. Ryan Lash, Sonja Weiss, Stanley Langevin, Harry M. Savage, Marvin S. Godsey, Kristen Burkhalter, J. Jeffrey Root, Thomas Gidlewski, William L. Nicholson, Aaron C. Brault, and Nicholas Komar "West Nile Virus Isolated from a Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) in Northwestern Missouri, USA, 2012," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 50(4), 976-978, (1 October 2014). https://doi.org/10.7589/2013-11-295
Received: 26 September 2013; Accepted: 1 March 2014; Published: 1 October 2014
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