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Disease ecology

The silence of the robins

A continent-wide analysis suggests that West Nile virus has severely affected bird populations associated with human habitats in North America. The declines parallel patterns of human disease caused by the virus.

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Figure 1: Viral victim: the American robin.



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Rahbek, C. The silence of the robins. Nature 447, 652–653 (2007).

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