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Assessment of vector/host contact: comparison of animal-baited traps and UV-light/suction trap for collecting Culicoides biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae), vectors of Orbiviruses

Viennet, Elvina; Garros, Claire; Lancelot, Renaud; Allène, Xavier; Gardès, Laëtitia; Rakotoarivony, Ignace; Crochet, Didier; Delécolle, Jean-Claude; Moulia, Catherine; Baldet, Thierry; Balenghien, Thomas


BACKGROUND The emergence and massive spread of bluetongue in Western Europe during 2006-2008 had disastrous consequences for sheep and cattle production and confirmed the ability of Palaearctic Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) to transmit the virus. Some aspects of Culicoides ecology, especially host-seeking and feeding behaviors, remain insufficiently described due to the difficulty of collecting them directly on a bait animal, the most reliable method to evaluate biting rates.Our aim was...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011-06-27
Type: Journal article
Source: Parasites & Vectors
DOI: 10.1186/1756-3305-4-119


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