Vacuolar myelinopathy in waterfowl from a North Carolina impoundment.

US Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, Raleigh, North Carolina 27636-3726, USA.
Journal of wildlife diseases (Impact Factor: 1.27). 05/2003; 39(2):412-7.
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