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- Komar, Nicholas; Panella, Nicholas A.; Burkhalter, Kristen L.
- Journal of vector ecology 2018 v.43 no.2 pp. 220-234
- Culex pipiens; Turdus migratorius; West Nile virus; Zenaida macroura; doves; hematophagy; immunity; insect traps; roosting behavior; virus transmission; Colorado
- ... To explain the patchy distribution of West Nile virus (WNV), we propose that avian immunity encountered by Culex vectors regulates WNV transmission, particularly at communal bird roosts. To test this hypothesis, we selected two test sites with communally roosting American robins (Turdus migratorius) and two control sites that lacked communal roosts. The density of vector-vertebrate contacts, repre ...
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