West Nile Protection

By: Sahar El-Hodiri
By: Sahar El-Hodiri

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West Nile Virus has shown up in a second Kansas county. A bird in Shawnee County tested positive for the disease. Last week, state health officials confirmed the disease in a pool of mosquitoes in Crawford County.

The Sedgwick County Zoo wants to avoid what happened last year. Zoo employees have vaccinated hundreds of birds and other animals. The hope is West Nile will eventually fade. "West Nile is going to be here forever and we hope that it passes everybody's vaccinated and builds up immunity and then it won't be such a shocking problem in years to come," said zoo veterinarian Dr. William Bryant.

A Golden Eagle died from West Nile Virus at the Sedgwick County Zoo last year.


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