Web site is source of sources for West Nile Virus information

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WASHINGTON – As West Nile Virus gets increasing attention as a threat to both public and animal health in North America, the Agricultural Research Service’s National Agricultural Library has put up a “go-to-first” Web site for information about it.

The site is: www.nal.usda.gov/awic/wnvirus/wnfacts.htm

Source of sources. The Web site links to comprehensive information sites on West Nile Virus maintained by credible sources, including the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of the Interior/U.S. Geological Survey’s invasive species program.

The sources provide information about disease transmission, susceptibility and prevention for humans and livestock, along with detailed descriptions of federal, state and local government disease surveillance and control activities.

The new Web site was built by NAL’s Animal Welfare Information Center, which regularly updates the links to stay current with developments about the virus.

Valuable resource. It also enables those who find dead birds that might indicate West Nile Virus to locate contacts in each state who can tell them where to take the birds for examination.

The National Agricultural Library (www.nal.usda.gov) is the principal resource in the United States for information about food, agriculture and natural resources.

The library’s Animal Welfare Information Center provides information for improved animal care and use in research, teaching and testing.

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