introduction of west nile virus in the middle east by migrating white storks.west nile virus (wnv) was isolated in a flock of 1,200 migrating white storks that landed in eilat, a town in southern israel, on august 26, 1998. strong, hot westerly winds had forced the storks to fly under considerable physical stress before reaching the agricultural land surrounding the town. most of the flock were fledglings, <1 year old, which had hatched in europe. thirteen dead or dying storks were collected 2 days after arrival and submitted to the laboratory for examination. four wnv i ...200211971773
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