An update on bluetongue: interview with Stéphan Zientara

At a time when we are witnessing new outbreaks of bluetongue, also known as ovine catarrhal fever, and where new serotypes such as BTV3 are appearing, we felt it was important to provide an update on the evolution of this virus, which particularly affects livestock farms in France and Spain, but also in other European countries where the situation is a matter of concern. To discuss this topic, we are pleased to welcome Stéphan Zientara.

In November 2023, Stéphan Zientara has been appointed director of the Animal Health Laboratory of ANSES, the French National Health Safety Agency. He has worked for many years in virus research and control, both in France and at European and international level. Author of numerous publications, he is also, among other things, responsible for the European Union reference laboratory for equine diseases and the World Organisation for Animal Health reference laboratory, OMSA for epizootic haemorrhagic disease.

Understanding the challenges

Bluetongue and the use of wind models for planning vaccination campaigns.

Guy Hendrickx, DVM, PhD - CEO Avia-Gis - Belgium

In recent decades, biting midges (Culicoides sp.) have played an increasingly important role as a vector of infection for emerging diseases affecting livestock in Europe. The risk of these diseases can vary depending on climate, midges populations and animal movements. Monitoring and preventive measures, such as vaccination where available,...

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Understanding bluetongue vectors: a debate among experts

Dr. Javier Lucientes, Professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Zaragoza - Dr. Christian Gortazar, Professor of Animal Health at the University of Castilla-La Mancha.

To better understand this disease, its vectors, its different serotypes, its evolution prediction and to confirm vaccination as the best tool for control and prevention, we have brought together two experts to discuss the subject. Their speech is clear, comprehensive and very interesting. Te invitamos a escuchar la conversación...

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