Testing for West Nile Virus

Testing for West Nile Virus

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Credit: THIERRY BERROD, MONA LISA PRODUCTION/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Testing for West Nile Virus. Scientists taking blood from a chicken to test for the presence of West Nile Virus. West Nile Virus is an arbovirus (arthropod-borne virus) and is transmitted to humans and other mammals from infected birds through the bite of a mosquito vector. Symptoms can range from a mild fever to spontaneous bleeding of the skin and circulatory failure, which are often fatal. Photographed in New York, USA.

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