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Wild snakes harbor West Nile virus

Dahlin, C.R. and Hughes, D.F. and Meshaka, W.E. and Coleman, C. and Henning, J.D. (2016) Wild snakes harbor West Nile virus. One Health, 2. pp. 136-138. ISSN 23527714

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West Nile virus (WNV) has a complex eco-epidemiology with birds acting as reservoirs and hosts for the virus. Less well understood is the role of reptiles, especially in wild populations. The goal of our study was to determine whether a wild population of snakes in Pennsylvania harbored WNV. Six species of snakes were orally sampled in the summer of 2013 and were tested for the presence of WNV viral RNA using RT-PCR. Two Eastern Garter Snakes, Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis tested positive for viral RNA (2/123, 1.62%). These results indicate a possible role for snakes in the complex transmission cycle of WNV.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hughes, D.F.
Meshaka, W.E.
Coleman, C.
Date: 22 September 2016
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: One Health
Volume: 2
Publisher: Elsevier
Page Range: pp. 136-138
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.onehlt.2016.09.003
Schools and Programs: University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 23527714
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Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 11 May 2020 14:39
Last Modified: 11 May 2020 14:39


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