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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...

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...


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2011-01-05 13:39:49

Bluetongue disease is a viral disease that is non-contagious, non-zoonotic, and insect-borne. It is mainly found in sheep and less commonly in cattle, goats, buffalo, deer, dromedaries, and antelope. It is not transmissible to humans. The virus is pathogenic, part of the genus Orbivirus, and is a member of the Reoviridae family. With 24 serotypes the virus can cause serious disease in livestock. Due to its seriousness BTV has received extensive research for the last three decades and is...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'