Vectorborne diseases: no respecters of borders

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Abstract

Vectorborne diseases have been very much in the news in 2016, with, for example, the outbreak of Zika virus resulting in a number of high-profile athletes withdrawing from this year's Olympic Games in Brazil. In the UK, the threat of bluetongue virus arriving by windborne midges from France remains real. In his latest update for Veterinary Record, Nigel Gibbens, the UK's Chief Veterinary Officer, discusses why a collaborative approach is needed to combat such diseases and their vectors

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