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

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, are essential to manage these threats. Wind-spread models such as those described above for bluetongue virus (BTV) can greatly improve the planning of vaccination campaigns in several ways.

Guy Hendrickx, DVM, PhD, is the founding CEO of Avia-GIS. He has more than 35 years of experience in the field of spatial epidemiology and the development of spatial decision support systems for risk management. He is particularly interested in developing tools to bridge the gap between research and decision-making in the field of vector-borne diseases and integrated pest management.

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An update on bluetongue: interview with Stéphan Zientara

Dr. Stéphan Zientara ANSES – Maisons-Alfort, Francia

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...

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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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