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Publication type: Journal Article
Document type: Full Paper

Year: 2018

Author(s): Cuéllar, AC; Kjær, LJ; Kirkeby, C; Skovgard, H; Nielsen, SA; Stockmarr, A; Andersson, G; Lindstrom, A; Chirico, J; Lühken, R; Steinke, S; Kiel, E; Gethmann, J; Conraths, FJ; Larska, M; Hamnes, I; Sviland, S; Hopp, P; Brugger, K; Rubel, F; Balenghien, T; Garros, C; Rakotoarivony, I; Allène, X; Lhoir, J; Chavernac, D; Delécolle, JC; Mathieu, B; Delécolle, D; Setier-Rio, ML; Venail, R; Scheid, B; Chueca, MÁM; Barceló, C; Lucientes, J; Estrada, R; Mathis, A; Tack, W; Bødker, R

Title: Spatial and temporal variation in the abundance of Culicoides biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in nine European countries.

Source: Parasit Vectors. 2018; 11(1):112



Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Brugger Katharina
Rubel Franz

Vetmed Research Units
Institute of Food Safety, Food Technology and Veterinary Public Health, Unit of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology


Abstract:
Biting midges of the genus Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) are vectors of bluetongue virus (BTV), African horse sickness virus and Schmallenberg virus (SBV). Outbreaks of both BTV and SBV have affected large parts of Europe. The spread of these diseases depends largely on vector distribution and abundance. The aim of this analysis was to identify and quantify major spatial patterns and temporal trends in the distribution and seasonal variation of observed Culicoides abundance in nine countries in Europe.


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