Sero-prevalence of West Nile virus in urban and peri-urban poultry farms of Guwahati, India
West Nile virus is a zoonotic, emerging mosquito-borne virus which can cause severe disease in the form of encephalitis and acute flaccid paralysis in humans. In Assam, northeast India, arboviruses seem to be re-emerging; however, West Nile virus has been little studied.
Between April 2018 and March 2019, a study was carried out on the seroprevalence of West Nile virus in chicken in four urban and four peri-urban areas of Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. The study found that West Nile virus is one of the actively circulating flaviviruses in Assam, and human febrile and encephalitic cases should be screened for the disease.