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Other high-priority diseases include West Nile, plague, rabies, and brucellosis.
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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