Veterinary Record 163:589-592 doi:10.1136/vr.163.20.589

Experimental infection studies of ukCulicoides species midges with bluetongue virus serotypes 8 and 9

  1. P. S. Mellor, BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc, FRES, FHEA1
  1. 1 Institute for Animal Health (IAH) Pirbright, Ash Road, Woking, Surrey GU24 0BN
  2. 2 Centre for Applied Entomology and Parasitology, School of Life Sciences, Keele University, Staffordshire ST5 5BG
  3. 3 Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Tillydrone Avenue, Aberdeen AB24 2TZ


This paper describes a rapid, standardised method for testing the susceptibility to bluetongue virus (btv) of northern Palaearctic Culicoides species midges that can be used to assess the competence of both field-caught and laboratory-infected midges. The method has been used to show that Culicoides scoticus can replicate btv serotype 8 and btv serotype 9 strains to more than 3 log10 tcid50/midge, the first evidence of the potential of this species to transmit btv.

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