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Department of Veterinary Sciences

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

West Nile Virus in the Western U.S.

In collaboration with the USDA’s Arthropod-borne Animal Diseases Research Laboratory (ABADRL) which is based in Laramie, we recently completed studies on the efficiency with which biting midges transmit vesicular stomatitis, a disease that affects cattle and horses. ABADRL in one of the few research centers that maintains colonies of biting midges such as C. variipennis for transmission studies.

Investigator: D. O’Toole


  • O'Toole D, Perez de Leon AA, Hearne C, et al: 2003, Papular dermatitis induced in guinea pigs by the biting midge Culicoides sonorensis (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae). J Vet Diagn Invest. 15(1):67-71.

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