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New York's Deadly Virus May Stage a Comeback

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Science  24 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5461, pp. 2129-2130
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5461.2129a

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ATLANTIC CITY-- After a surprise outbreak of the West Nile virus in New York City and state sickened more than 60 people late last summer and killed seven, researchers didn't know whether the virus would survive the winter, either in mosquitoes or their eggs, or in birds, the virus's animal reservoir. Now they do. Two recent observations have shown that the virus is alive and kicking, researchers said at a meeting of the American Mosquito Control Association held here last week--and it may well spread and cause disease come summer.