Rapid amplification of West Nile virus: the role of hatch-year birds.

@article{Hamer2008RapidAO,
  title={Rapid amplification of West Nile virus: the role of hatch-year birds.},
  author={Gabriel L. Hamer and Edward D. Walker and Jeffrey D. Brawn and Scott R Loss and Marilyn O. Ruiz and Tony L. Goldberg and Anna M Schotthoefer and William M. Brown and Emily Wheeler and Uriel Dan Kitron},
  journal={Vector borne and zoonotic diseases},
  year={2008},
  volume={8 1},
  pages={57-67}
}
Epizootic transmission of West Nile virus (WNV) often intensifies rapidly leading to increasing risk of human infection, but the processes underlying amplification remain poorly understood. We quantified epizootic WNV transmission in communities of mosquitoes and birds in the Chicago, Illinois (USA) region during 2005 and 2006. Using quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methods, we detected WNV in 227 of 1195 mosquito pools (19%) in 2005 and 205 of 1685 (12%) in 2006; nearly all were… CONTINUE READING