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19 Nov 2018

Videos related to Biting Midges

Bluetongue disease - Part 2 Transmission, clinical signs and pathology in sheep

In the final part of a collaboration between the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and the Pirbright Institute, Dr Simon Carpenter and Dr Karin Darpel look at the transmission, clinical signs and pathology of bluetongue disease in sheep.

Hunting midges to tackle deadly bluetongue disease

Scientists at the Institute for Animal Health (IAH) are stepping up the battle against the devastating and economically damaging bluetongue.

Sequencing the midge genome

Researchers in PIrbright, Surrey, UK, have been awarded £680K by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), to sequence and study the genome of a biting midge that is responsible for spreading serious viral diseases.

Improving animal health to help humans

When the bluetongue virus infects a herd of sheep, goats or cows, only some of the infected animals get sick and die. Understanding why could help farmers deal with the disease more effectively.
Massimo Palmarini is Director of the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research. He has a Wellcome Investigator Award to investigate bluetongue virus. Understanding an animal infection like bluetongue could help us tackle related viruses, like Zika and chikungunya, that infect people.

India Bluetonge Vector Network (IBVNet)

This video introduces a new project, the India Bluetongue Vector Network (IBVNet), which is adressing problems that are common to the UK and India in dealing with outbreaks of bluetongue. To accomplish this The Pirbright Institute relies upon a wide range of collaborators in both the UK and India and in particular the India Council for Agricultural Research and the All India National Network Programme for Bluetongue.



Rearing midges to study bluetongue virus

Dr Christopher Sanders studies Bluetongue virus and rears Cullicoides biting midges to see how they transmit the disease between sheep.

The midge trap

Bluetongue virus of ruminants

Dr Karin Darpel describes the search for controls and vaccines against Bluetongue virus, a virus carried by Culicoides midges.

Necropsy of a White-Tailed Deer

Dr. Katherine Sayler with the University of Florida/IFAS Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation demonstrates the necropsy of a white-tailed deer in order to submit specimens to diagnose EHD and blue-tongued virus. For more information, please visit

Midge bites through presenters arm - The Secret Life of Midges - BBC One

Programme website: A hungry midge bites into Presenter James Logan's skin and feeds on his arm.

The dreaded midges (Scotland) - BBC - 21st August 2016

What are midges? Why are they such a nuisance and what research into is being done and found, and why? Joe Crowley finds out on Countryfile this day.

Scottish Biting Midge Forecast, STV 16/7/09

The outlook for the weekend ahead concerning where midges will be most troublesome across Scotland, produced by

Bluetongue Disease

Animal Disease Recognition and Response Training Course Presented by Dr. Chris Oura

Fighting disease: The Institute for Animal Health (now The Pirbright Institute)

In this video, Martin Shirley, Chris Oura and Philip Mellor describe how the Institute for Animal Health developed the world's best selling vaccine against coccidiosis in poultry, how it advised policymakers during the 2007-08 bluetongue outbreak, saving the UK economy hundreds of millions of pounds, and detail the institute's role in eradicating the deadly cattle disease rinderpest around the world.

Culicoides biting midges and bluetongue virus transmission: What have we learnt since 2006?

From the World Buiatrics Congress in Dublin, 2016. WORLD ASSOCIATION FOR BUIATRICS

Videos related to Sandflies

What is Leishmaniasis? An introduction and overview

Leishmaniasis is a disease caused by a group of protozoan parasites called Leishmania. It is classified as a Neglected Tropical Disease and affects some of the poorest countries in the world causing 20-30,000 deaths each year. The disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected sandfly and causes 3 main types of disease: Cutaneous, Visceral and Mucous. In this video, we will take a look at the parasite, the diseases it causes and how to prevent it.


Life cycle of Leishmania in the insect vector

This video was produced by Dirceu E. Teixeira, Marlene Benchimol, Juliany C. F.Rodrigues, Paulo Henrique Crepaldi, Paulo F. P. Pimenta and Wanderley de Souza. Support: UFRJ, IBCCF, IBqM, FAPERJ, CECIERJ and INMETRO.

Imperial researchers discuss leishmaniasis exhibit

Tom Cloke and Dr Matthew Rogers talk about a disfiguring skin disease at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. 

Dissection of a Sand Fly Gut

In this short film, Dr Hector Diaz Albiter demonstrates how the gut of the sand fly is removed in a delicate and highly skilled procedure.



Videos related to Blackflies

'Living with the Fly' - River Blindness in Ghana

The film looks closely at the vector of Onchocerciasis, the blackfly (Simulium damnosum). NRI's Prof Robert Cheke was involved in a project known as the Ecohealth Programme, funded by the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC), which sought to find solutions to the problem of blackfly. Their approach involved addressing the interactions between the environment and socio-economic activities to better understand, prevent and control the spread of the disease while considering the importance of livelihoods, gender and social inequities in developing any solutions.

Dark Forest Black Fly Full Length Documentary

Exploring one country’s determined effort to eliminate a fearsome parasite, this film offers a rare look at a global health success story that is educational, entertaining, and hopeful. 

Simulium and onchocerciasis in East Africa (1950)

This silent film from the 1950s shows Western doctors, presumably associated with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, working to eradicate certain tropical diseases in East Africa

How to draw a BLACK FLY step by step 

Learning How to draw a Black Fly - easy step by step video.

Videos related to Mosquito

CDC Miniature Light Trap Setup

The CDC Miniature Light Trap was created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to provide a reliable and portable sampling device for the collection of mosquitoes. Video shows how to set it up.