Senator asks if terror is
linked to West Nile virus
San Jose Mercury News - Sept. 13, 2002, p. 6A

    VERMONT — Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Thursday that the authorities should examine whether the spread of the West Nile virus in this country is a result of biological terrorism.
    "Is it a coincidence that we are seeing such an increase in West Nile virus, or is that something that is being tested as a biological weapon against us?" Leahy, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a radio interview in Waterbury. "There are some people, credibly, who feel that it is a test of our defense and is a biological weapon or somebody doing this for commercial purposes."