A Disposable Cage for Studies of Pathogens in Small Wild Birds

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  • Entomological Research Center, Epidemiological Research Center, P.o. Box 308, Vero Beach, Florida 32960

A cage consisting of a disposable cardboard box 18 × 18 × 18 inches and a re-usable plywood front covered with 1-inch fish netting was designed for use in laboratory studies of St. Louis encephalitis virus in small wild birds. Mockingbirds and Blue Jays were maintained satisfactorily in these cages over a period of several months.