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Bluetongue

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Bluetongue is an insect-transmitted viral disease of domestic and wild ruminants. Twenty six different serotypes of the causative agent, bluetongue virus (BTV), are now recognized globally. BTV is usually transmitted to livestock by the bites of hematophagous Culicioides midges, and the global range of BTV coincides with that of competent midge vectors. Of the >1000 species of Culicoides midges that occur worldwide, only approximately 30 have been strongly implicated as vectors of BTV. These midges occur on all continents except Antarctica.

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English
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Student
License Condition: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0  
Education Level: 
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Academic Year: 
2013
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Prof. N. J. Maclachlan

  • BVSc (Massey, New Zealand) MS (Veterinary Virology) (Missouri, USA) PhD (Comparative Pathology) (UC Davis, USA)
  • Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California
  • Extraordinary Professor, Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa