Pathogen vectors at the wildlife-livestock interface: molecular approaches to elucidating Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) biology
Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) continue to threaten human and animal welfare worldwide. Vector-borne pathogens are particularly concerning because of their ubiquity, pathogenicity, and lack of predictably due to insufficient ecological and evolutionary knowledge regarding vector species. Biting midges in the genus Culicoides (Diptera; Ceratopogonidae) have been implicated in the transmission of highly pathogenic viruses and parasites. In North America, the complete transmission cycles of many of these pathogens need further elucidation as outbreaks occur in the absence of known vector ...
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