Bluetongue virus (BTV) has an impact on human health as a disease of livestock. It most commonly affects sheep, an important source of food and wool. BTV is normally transmitted by biting midges, cousins of the fruit fly in the order Diptera.
Shaw AE, Veronesi E, Maurin G, Ftaich N, Guiguen F, Rixon F, Ratinier M, Mertens P, Carpenter S, Palmarini M, Terzian C, Arnaud F. Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism for bluetongue virus replication and tropism. J Virol. 2012 Jun 6. PubMed PMID: 22674991
Want to get started learning more about BTV? Here is an example of a review on BTV that has been cited by more than ten papers and is freely available online: Schwartz-Cornil I, Mertens PP, Contreras V, Hemati B, Pascale F, Bréard E, Mellor PS, MacLachlan NJ, Zientara S. Bluetongue virus: virology, pathogenesis and immunity. Vet Res. 2008 Sep-Oct;39(5):46. Epub 2008 May 22. PubMed PMID: 18495078