Short report: Serologic evidence for West Nile virus transmission in Puerto Rico and Cuba

Alan P. Dupuis, Peter P. Marra, Robert Reitsma, Matthew J. Jones, Karen L. Louie, Laura D. Kramer

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Abstract

During the spring of 2004, approximately 1,950 blood specimens were collected from resident and Nearctic-Neotropical migratory birds on the Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico and Cuba prior to northerly spring migrations. Eleven birds and seven birds, collected in Puerto Rico and Cuba, respectively, showed evidence of antibody in a flavivirus enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Confirmatory plaque-reduction neutralization test results indicated neutralizing antibodies to West Nile virus in non-migratory resident birds from Puerto Rico and Cuba, which indicated local transmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)474-476
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume73
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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