Monday, September 29, 2003

Bald eagle dies from West Nile



The Associated Press

LOUISA, Ky. - An American bald eagle found sick at Yatesville Lake State Park has died at a raptor rehabilitation center in Louisville.

The 8-pound male eagle had common symptoms of West Nile virus, including the inability to fly or hold its head up, said Eileen Wicker, executive director of Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky.

Wicker initially thought the bird had lead poisoning, but a blood test confirmed West Nile, a disease transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Wicker said this was the first time she had treated an eagle for the virus.




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