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Higher Temperatures Helped New Strain of West Nile Virus Spread
June 26, 2008
Higher temperatures helped a new strain of West Nile virus invade and spread across North America. Researchers found that the new strain is more efficiently transmitted than the older strain, and the advantage of the new strain increases with higher temperatures.
University of California, Santa Cruz
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