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West Nile Researchers Get Ready for Round Three

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Science  18 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5520, pp. 1289-1291
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5520.1289

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GUILDERLAND, NEW YORK-- The West Nile virus, now entering its third summer in the United States, is straining public health labs to their limits--and triggering a research renaissance in a field that had been dwindling in the face of more pressing public health concerns. Yet researchers studying West Nile wonder how much longer the federal and state governments will be willing to spend big bucks on what is still an exceedingly rare disease, with just a few dozen cases a year.