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This paper describes plant-based high-level expression of virus-like particles of BTV serotype 8. Continue reading

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10 things you didn't know about Schmallenberg virus (aka WTF is "Schmallenberg virus"?)

First it was foot and mouth virus. Then it was bluetongue virus. Now it is Schmallenberg virus. So here’s 10 things you didn’t know about Schmallenberg virus: Schmallenberg virus was first isolated in Schmallenberg, Germany, in November 2011. Schmallenberg virus … Continue reading

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Fungus as a Biological Control for an Important Vector of Livestock Disease

Culicoides biting midges are widely distributed throughout the world and are vectors of internationally important livestock viruses, including bluetongue virus (BTV), African horse sickness virus (AHSV), Akabane virus and Epizootic haemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV). Bluetongue disease (BT) has gained considerable … Continue reading

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It's nice to have some good news

I’ve written quite a lot on MicrobiologyBytes about the growing threat from Bluetongue virus. New figures from the European Commission now show that BTV 8, the epidemic strain of the virus, has been virtually eradicated from mainland Europe after an … Continue reading

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Lipids and Bluetongue Virus

The replication cycle of viruses involves entry into host cells, synthesis of virus genes and proteins, assembly of progeny virus particles and their subsequent release. Along with the plasma membrane, viruses also have to interact with the endosomal and vesicular … Continue reading

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Effect of climate change on livestock diseases in Great Britain

There is strong evidence to suggest that climate change has, and will continue to affect the occurrence, distribution and prevalence of livestock diseases in Great Britain (GB). This paper reviews how climate change could affect livestock diseases in GB. Factors … Continue reading

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Midges and the emergence of bluetongue virus in northern Europe

Bluetongue is a disease of ruminants caused by Bluetongue virus (BTV) and it is transmitted by biting midges. In sheep, clinical signs of BTV infection can include fever, vasodilation, swelling and, in severe cases, death, although the severity of symptoms … Continue reading

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Bluetongue virus polymerase

Bluetongue is a vector-borne virus disease of ruminants that is endemic in tropical and subtropical countries. Since 1998 the virus has also appeared in Europe. Partly due to the seriousness of the disease, bluetongue virus (BTV), a member of genus … Continue reading

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How does bluetongue virus survive the winter?

In 2006, Bluetongue virus – which infects livestock – reached Northern Europe for the first time. Some people thought that the outbreak would be limited to that particular year, as winter was expected to kill off the midges that host … Continue reading

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