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Health Agencies Update
June 21, 2000

Nailing West Nile Virus

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JAMA. 2000;283(23):3060. doi:10.1001/jama.283.23.3060-JHA00004-2-1

New York City public health officials may have been caught off guard last year by an unprecedented outbreak of West Nile virus (WNV) encephalitis. This season, however, along with heightened mosquito-control efforts, they have a new tool available to make their job easier: a rapid diagnostic test that can identify the infection within hours.

The report of the new diagnostic method, which was developed by scientists funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, appeared in the May 6 Lancet.

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