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Antibodies to WNV Common in Arab Emirate Horses - Jan 18 2008

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by: Christa Lesté-Lasserre
January 18 2008, Article # 11186

Researchers found antibodies to West Nile virus (WNV) in nearly 20% of horses recently tested in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to Ulrich Wernery, DVM, PhD, scientific director of the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory in Dubai and author of the Dubai-based study published in Wildlife Middle East.

The testing was initiated after one horse showed clinical signs of encephalitis.

"We were really astonished, especially to see only one clinical case," Wernery said. "That means to us that we are dealing with a very mild strain."

The horse that showed clinical signs...

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