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Back To Vidyya Canada To Test Crow For West Nile Virus

Dead Crow Found On The Canadian Side Of The Detroit River

The West Nile virus may have flown into Canada. A dead crow found on the Canadian side of the Detroit River will be tested after showing possible signs of the for the West Nile virus. The virus is blamed for the deaths of seven people in New York City last year.

Since the West Nile virus is a warm-weather virus, coming cold weather means there's little threat to humans in the southwestern Ontario border city where the crow was foud. The bird will be tested by Canada's federal laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The Canadian scientific community has been watching for signs of the West Nile virus all summer. More than 1,100 birds have been tested across Ontariaa this year. The crow in question was discovered in August and is the first possible case of West Nile virus found thus far.

The virus appeared in New York City last year for the first time in the United States, then resurfaced in the city again this summer, causing eight people to fall ill.

Israel declared an outbreak of West Nile virus infections and the country has reported 13 dead with thousands infected this summer. Israel is the first country to have declared an epidemic since the virus spread to the United States. It is also found in Africa, other Middle Eastern countries, Europe and Asia.

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