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Serosurveillance of orbiviruses in wild cervids from Spain
  1. Antonio J. Arenas-Montes1,
  2. Antonio Arenas1,
  3. Ignacio García-Bocanegra1,
  4. Peter Mertens2,
  5. Carrie Batten2 and
  6. Kyriaki Nomikou2
  1. 1Departamento de Sanidad Animal, Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad de Córdoba, Agri-food Excellence International Campus, 14071 Córdoba, Spain
  2. 2The Pirbright Institute, Ash Road, Pirbright, Woking, Surrey GU24 0NF
  1. e-mail: v32armoa{at}

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EPIZOOTIC haemorrhagic disease (EHD) and bluetongue are caused by viruses belonging to the genus Orbivirus, family Reoviridae. To date, eight and 26 distinct serotypes of EHD virus (EHDV) and bluetongue virus (BTV) have been identified, respectively. EHDV and BTV can infect wild and domestic ruminants and are primarily transmitted between hosts through the bites of vector-competent midges of the genus Culicoides. This letter reports the results of serosurveillance for EHDV and bluetongue in southern Spain.

In recent years, several emerging vectorborne diseases, including bluetongue (BTV-1, BTV-4 and BTV-8), Bagaza, Schmallenberg, …

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