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It's too soon to know if the study applies to people, but West Nile caused fetal brain damage and death in mice.
The patients, hospitalized at a speciality center, had a variety of complications and some unusual features.
Researchers call cardinals West Nile virus "supersupressors," because their lower viral blood levels are less likely to transmit the disease back to mosquitoes.
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