Volume 69, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Because West Nile (WN) virus primarily cycles between mosquitoes and birds, North American reptiles and amphibians have not been evaluated as reservoir hosts of this virus. We infected three species of reptiles and one species of amphibian: (green iguana), (Florida garter snake), (red-ear slider), and (North American bullfrog). After inoculation with WN virus, some of the green iguanas, bullfrogs, and garter snakes showed low but detectable viral loads in the blood, oral or cloacal swabs, and/or organs.


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  • Received : 01 Apr 2003
  • Accepted : 23 May 2003

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