Detection of Schmallenberg virus in different Culicoides spp. by real-time RT-PCR.

Last updated on 22-8-2019 by Anonymous (niet gecontroleerd)

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To identify possible vectors of Schmallenberg virus (SBV), we tested pools containing heads of biting midges (Culicoides) that were caught during the summer and early autumn of 2011 at several places in Belgium by real-time RT-PCR. Pools of heads originating from following species: C. obsoletus complex, C. dewulfi and C. chiopterus were found positive, strongly indicating that these species are relevant vectors for SBV.

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