West Nile virus infection in killer whale, Texas, USA, 2007

Judy St. Leger, Guang Wu, Mark Anderson, Les Dalton, Erika Nilson, David Wang

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In 2007, nonsuppurative encephalitis was identifi ed in a killer whale at a Texas, USA, marine park. Panviral DNA microarray of brain tissue suggested West Nile virus (WNV); WNV was confi rmed by reverse transcription PCR and sequencing. Immunohistochemistry demonstrated WNV antigen within neurons. WNV should be considered in cases of encephalitis in cetaceans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1531-1533
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Epidemiology


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