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

N. De Regge, I. Deblauwe, R. De Deken, P. Vantieghem, M. Madder, D. Geysen, F. Smeets, B. Losson, T. van den Berg, A.B. Cay

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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.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalTransboundary and Emerging Diseases
    Issue number6
    Pages (from-to)471-475
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Viral diseases
    • Schmallenberg virus
    • Vectors
    • Biting midges
    • Culicoides
    • Culicoides obsoletus
    • Culicoides dewulfi
    • Culicoides chiopterus
    • Trapping
    • Identification
    • Detection
    • Real-time
    • RT-PCR
    • Belgium
    • Europe-West


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