Urban land use predicts West Nile virus exposure in songbirds.

  title={Urban land use predicts West Nile virus exposure in songbirds.},
  author={Catherine A. Bradley and Samantha E. J. Gibbs and Sonia Altizer},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  volume={18 5},
Urbanization is a widespread phenomenon that is likely to influence the prevalence and impact of wildlife pathogens, with implications for wildlife management and public health policies toward zoonotic pathogens. In this study, wild songbird populations were sampled at 14 sites along an urban rural gradient in the greater metropolitan Atlanta (Georgia, USA) area and tested for antibodies to West Nile virus (WNV). The level of urbanization among sites was quantitatively assessed using a… CONTINUE READING