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For Information About West Nile Virus—Here's the Source of Sources

By Len Carey
August 13, 2001

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 on the Internet for information about it. The site is at:

The NAL web site links to comprehensive information sites on West Nile Virus maintained by credible sources, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey 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. 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 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.

The Agricultural Research Service is the USDA's chief scientific agency.

Contact: Jean Larson, ARS National Agricultural Library, Animal Welfare Information Center, phone (301) 504-5215,