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2011-10-06 11:11:03

Scientists of the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITG) have developed a molecular technique to easily and dependably identify the biting midges that spread bluetongue disease. Until know this identification was a problem. The technology helps to understand how the disease spreads, and how to control it. They report in the journal Medical and Veterinary Entomology. Bluetongue primarily affects sheep, but also cattle and other ruminants. It is not dangerous to people, but it causes...

2010-01-05 14:40:55

'Major and unprecedented' epidemic spread through Europe due to climate change Scientists from the Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright, UK Met Office and the Jersey State Veterinary Service and Jersey Meteorological Department, are working together on an early-warning system to help defend cattle against the spread of 'bluetongue' disease, reveals a study published today in Weather. The team is fusing meteorological data with ecological information to anticipate when disease carrying...

2008-09-09 06:00:31

By Frank Urquhart A NEW device, hailed as the ultimate weapon in the war against the midge, will face its toughest challenge - protecting 1,000 athletes in the Highlands. Each year, Culicoides impunctatus - to give the beastie its Latin name - costs Scotland's tourism industry an estimated GBP 280 million in lost business. But researchers at Aberdeen University believe they have found a novel solution to the midge menace: a "puffer" device which sends out a cocktail of natural...