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Pig disease
African swine fever spread in China
  1. Shao-Lun Zhai,
  2. Wen-Kang Wei,
  3. Ming-Fei Sun,
  4. Dian-Hong Lv and
  5. Zhi-Hong Xu
  1. Institute of Animal Health, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Scientific Observation and Experiment Station of Veterinary Drugs and Diagnostic Techniques of Guangdong Province, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Key Laboratory of Animal Disease Prevention of Guangdong Province, Guangzhou, 510640, China
  1. email: xuzhihong{at}

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African swine fever (ASF), caused by ASF virus (ASFV), is one of the most serious infectious diseases affecting pigs.

In 1921, ASFV was first discovered in Kenya, Eastern Africa.1 In the 1950s, it rapidly spread across Europe including Spain, Portugal, Italy and France. But in the mid-1990s, ASFV was eradicated from Europe, with the exception of Sardinia. However, it was introduced into Georgia in 2007, and then spread through Eastern Europe, including Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Moldova, Czech …

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