Definition of bluetongue in English:
An insect-borne viral disease of sheep (transmissible with less serious effects to cattle and goats), characterized by fever, lameness, and a blue, swollen mouth and tongue.
- C. sonorensis are known to be disease carriers, or vectors, that transmit bluetongue and epizootic hemorrhagic viruses among livestock and wildlife.
- Outbreaks of bluetongue disease, a viral disease of sheep, have been reported in Bulgaria and Sardinia, locations where the disease was previously unknown.
- A doctor from the Institute for Animal Health said: ‘This year the bluetongue virus reached Sardinia, Sicily, Corsica and mainland Italy for the first time.’