Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Asked: 11/11/2007, 16:52 by Tertia Thackwray.
Answered: 12/11/2007, 15:29 by Douglas Welsh, James Urry.
Much research has been done on the cycle of the midge and it is clear that the midge has to take a blood meal from an infected horse to be able to pass the virus onto the next horse. ( when in a breeding cycle midges take multiple blood meals before they lay eggs) What we still do not know is where the virus over-winters. It is assumed that it over-winters in a host animal like a zebra, donkey or mule.