Culicoides biting midges. Culicoides midges are implicated in the transmission of African horse sickness virus.
For the next phase, commercial jet stalls that are currently used to transport horses internationally will be used to evaluate the mesh under field conditions at Onderstepoort. Researchers will evaluate the efficacy of the mesh in protecting horses housed in the jet stalls, effects on stall temperature and humidity and stress of horses under simulated aircraft conditions. The results arising from application to jet stalls could be extrapolated to protecting stabled horses in South Africa.