Table 1

Summary of West Nile virus serological results among hunter-harvested wild birds, Greece 2009-2011
Species Sampling site* Total no. of bird samples Hunting season 2009-2010 Hunting season 2010-2011 Total
IFA pos./ neg. VNT pos. (n) IFA pos./ neg. VNT pos. (n) IFA pos./ neg. VNT pos. (n)
Pica pica D 90 5/5 3 (5) 34/46 26 (34) 39/51 29 (39)
E 58 10/24 8(10) 4/20 3 (4) 14/44 11 (14)
Corvus cornix D 11 1/3 1 (1) 3/4 2 (3) 4/7 3 (4)
E 12 3/5 2(3) 1/3 1 (1) 4/8 3 (4)
Anas platyrhynchos B 55 0/25 - 0/30 - 0/55 -
Streptopelia turtur A 45 - - 6/39 5 (6) 6/39 5 (6)
C 24 - - 3/21 2 (3) 3/21 2 (3)
Total 295 19/62 14 (19) 51/163 39 (51) 70/225 53 (70)

Prevalence of West Nile virus antibodies among wild birds hunter-harvested at the epicenter of a major human outbreak of the disease (central Macedonia, northern Greece). All IFA positive samples were further verified by VNT.

*Sampling Sites A-E correspond to the indicated areas of Figure 1.

n number of samples tested positive by IFA.

Valiakos et al.

Valiakos et al. Virology Journal 2012 9:266   doi:10.1186/1743-422X-9-266

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