West Nile Virus
What about West Nile Virus in game birds? Should hunters be concerned about eating the game they catch?
Some game birds have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). However, there is no evidence of human infection by consumption of properly cooked infected game.
This is an issue of great concern, as these populations are already struggling to survive in the current environment.
Questions about human health and West Nile virus:
West Nile Virus has been detected in all conterminous states of the U.S., the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam have no reported cases of West Nile virus in humans or animals.
Since 1999, West Nile Virus has been detected in at least 48 species of mosquitoes, over 320 species of birds, at least 2 species of reptiles, and more than 25 mammalian
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