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Bedford Audubon Holding Talk On West Nile Virus

Sarah Bowden Photo Credit: Andrea Silletti
Mosquito scope pics taken by Sarah Bowden. Photo Credit: Sarah Bowden

KATONAH, N.Y. -- The Bedford Audubon announced that it will host a public talk on the West Nile Virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes.

"While most of us are familiar with Lyme Disease and how it’s spread by deer ticks, or the Zika Virus spread by mosquitoes in tropical climates," the Audubon noted. "But we don’t spend much time thinking about West Nile Virus—a zoonotic infection spread by mosquitoes that affects humans, birds, and even horses. It emerged in New York City in 1999 and is now endemic in most of the lower 48 states."

The talk, according to the Audubon, will feature Dr. Sarah Bowden of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, who will discuss which mosquito species transmit the virus; how they interact with birds and humans; and how climate change is impacting the virus' epidemiology and ecology.

Bowden, who lives in Millbrook, N.Y., is a postdoctoral scientist at the institute and focuses on vector-borne diseases, the Audubon notes.

The talk will be held at the Katonah Village Library's Garden Room on April 12. Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m. and the talk itself will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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