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Keeping Tabs on Eagles with West Nile Virus

A wild bird sanctuary is using high-tech tracking devices to keep track of bald eagles recovering from West Nile virus. There's no medicinal cure for the disease. But volunteers have nursed some bald eagles back to health. They've recently released a few of the birds and are watching to see if the disease affects their long term behavior. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Patty Murray has more.  Go to full article

Developing a New Test for West Nile Virus

Almost 6300 Americans contracted the West Nile virus this year. And 133 of them died. Each season, health officials scramble to predict where the virus will strike before it affects humans. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports on a experimental approach being used in Canada that might make that information faster and easier to collect.  Go to full article

Fighting West Nile Virus With Native Fish

Much of the debate over preventing the West Nile virus has focused on when and how to use pesticides to get rid of the mosquitoes that transmit the disease. But one community is trying another approach: increasing stocks of mosquito-eating fish. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lisa Phillips reports.  Go to full article

Parallels Found Between West Nile Virus and Polio

New York health officials reported the year's first fatal case of West Nile virus last week - an elderly woman from Schuyler County. In most cases, people who contract the mosquito-born virus have only mild symptoms, if any at all. But the elderly are most susceptible to developing severe cases, which can cause dangerous swelling of the brain, like encephalitis or meningitis. Last year, five New Yorkers died, of the 83 reported cases. Nationwide this year, more than 1,000 cases have been reported, with 21 deaths. The virus first surfaced in North America in 1999 - now scientists are looking at parallels between West Nile and polio. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jenny Lawton reports.  Go to full article

Physicians Say Global Warming Threatens Public Health

Some physicians are concerned about the United States not attending the final talks on the Kyoto Protocol on global warming held in early November. The physicians say global warming is already a problem and is adding to a number of public health threats. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

West Nile Spreads Faster than Expected

Cooler weather sweeping the Great Lakes region means the end of the mosquito season. It also means a temporary halt to the spread of West Nile virus in the area. But this past summer the virus made headway into the region much faster than experts had expected. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

West Nile Virus Nearly Under Control in NY, Commissioner Says

The West Nile virus is almost under control in New York. State Health Commissioner Doctor Antonia Novello made that proclamation Thursday at a day-long briefing about the virus in Albany. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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