Monitoring of Putative Vectors of Bluetongue Virus Serotype 8, Germany
Bernd Hoffmann, Burkhard Bauer, Christian Bauer, Hans-Joachim Bätza, Martin Beer, Peter-Henning Clausen, Martin Geier, Jörn M. Gethmann, Ellen Kiel, Gabriele Liebisch, Arndt Liebisch, Heinz Mehlhorn, Günter A. Schaub, Doreen Werner, and Franz J. Conraths
Author affiliations: Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany (B. Hoffmann, M. Beer); Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany (B. Bauer, P.-H. Clausen); Justus Liebig University Giessen, Giessen, Germany (C. Bauer); Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Bonn, Germany (H.-J. Bätza); University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany (M. Geier); Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Wusterhausen, Germany (J.M. Gethmann, F.J. Conraths); Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany (E. Kiel); Zecklab, Burgwedel, Germany (G. Liebisch, A. Liebisch); Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany (H. Mehlhorn); Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany (G.A. Schaub); Leibniz-Center for Agricultural Landscape Research e. V, Müncheberg, Germany (D. Werner)
Figure 2. Monthly catches of midges of the Culicoides obsoletus group (black), C. pulicaris group (red), and other Culicoides spp. (blue) captured with 89 black light traps in Germany during 7 consecutive nights in the first week of each month during the study period (April 2007–May 2008). Batches consisting of <50 female biting midges were tested for bluetongue virus (BTV) by real-time reverse transcription–PCR. The total number of batches (green) and the number of batches positive for BTV (gold) are shown.
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