Understanding bluetongue vectors: a debate among experts

Bluetongue disease, which affects wild and domestic ruminants, is widespread throughout Europe and represents a constant challenge for administrations, veterinarians and farmers. 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 entre los expertos. Javier Lucientes, Emeritus Professor of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zaragoza and Christian Gortazar, Professor of Animal Health at the University of Castilla-La Mancha.

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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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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