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1 July 2013 Antibodies to West Nile Virus in Wild and Farmed Crocodiles in Southeastern Mexico
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Surveillance for evidence of West Nile virus (WNV) infection in Morelet’s crocodiles (Crocodylus moreletii) was conducted in Campeche State, Mexico, in 2007. Sera from 62 crocodiles (32 free-ranging and 30 captive) were assayed for antibodies to WNV by epitope-blocking enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Antibodies to WNV were detected in 13 (41%) wild and nine (30%) captive crocodiles, and the overall antibody prevalence was 35%. Although evidence of WNV infection in captive crocodiles has been reported in Mexico, we provide the first evidence of WNV exposure in wild crocodiles in Mexico.

Carlos Machain-Williams, Sergio E. Padilla-Paz, Manuel Weber, Rosa Cetina-Trejo, José Alfredo Juarez-Ordaz, María Alba Loroño-Pino, Armando Ulloa, Chong Wang, Julián Garcia-Rejon, and and Bradley J. Blitvich "Antibodies to West Nile Virus in Wild and Farmed Crocodiles in Southeastern Mexico," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 49(3), 690-693, (1 July 2013). https://doi.org/10.7589/2012-11-290
Received: 21 November 2012; Accepted: 1 February 2013; Published: 1 July 2013
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