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Pig diseases
African swine fever epidemic in China
  1. Lin Zhou,
  2. Evan Y. W. Yu,
  3. Shujin Wang and
  4. Changpo Sun
  1. Shenzhen Premix Inve Nutrition, Shenzhen, 518103, China
  2. NUTRIM School for Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, 6200MD, the Netherlands
  3. Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, 6200MD, the Netherlands. email:
  4. Academy of National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration, Beijing, 100037, China
  1. email: scp{at}

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African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious disease. Infection with ASF virus (ASFV) is reported to result in almost 100 per cent mortality in pigs.1

Recently, an outbreak of ASFV in China caused serious concern for the government.2,3 We describe this epidemic of ASF in China between August 2018 and January 2019, based on the public data released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China (MARA), to add to the body of evidence on ASF outbreaks (Table 1, supplementary data – …

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