Low prevalence of West Nile virus antibodies in select Northern California owl species (2007-2014)

Nicole Captanian, Michelle Hawkins, Christine Fiorello, Mary Thurber, William Reisen

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to determine evidence of previous West Nile virus (WNV) infection in northern California owls. Owl serum samples were collected from birds presenting to a veterinary medical teaching hospital between 2007 and 2014 and were screened for the presence of WNV antibodies by an indirect enzyme immunoassay (EIA). Only one of 71 samples (1.41%) tested was positive by EIA and confirmed by a plaque reduction neutralization test; it was the most recent sample collected. The reason for the low prevalence of WNV in these California owls despite a high prevalence in sympatric avian species in the same region is unknown and should be a topic for further research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1239-1241
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

Keywords

  • Athene cunicularia
  • Bubo virginianus
  • Megascops kennicottii
  • Owl
  • Tyto alba
  • West Nile virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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