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Carroll College

Montana

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Infection Rate Of West Nile Virus In Culex Tarsalis At Medicine Lake Wildlife Refuge And Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge In 2012, Graham Unis Apr 2013

Infection Rate Of West Nile Virus In Culex Tarsalis At Medicine Lake Wildlife Refuge And Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge In 2012, Graham Unis

Life and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Theses

This study focused on the infection rate of West Nile virus of Culex tarsalis populations at Medicine Lake Wildlife Refuge (MLWR) and Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge (NWR). My research was done in order to determine if there was a statistical difference in the infection rate between NWR and MLWR via a bias corrected ML estimate. These locations were chosen because they were ideal locations for West Nile virus (WNV) and in the case of MLWR, past positive C. tarsalis pools. My study involved trapping mosquitoes, sorting out the C. tarsalis, and isolating WNV from mosquito homogenate. Once C. tarsalis had been ...