African swine fever virus (ASFV) causes a haemorrhagic fever in domestic pigs and wild boar resulting in mortality rates up to to 100%. In contrast, the 'wild' hosts in E Africa - warthogs and bushpigs can be persistently infected with few clinical signs.
ASF is endemic in sub-Saharan Africa and Sardinia, and since 2007 has spread through the Trans-Caucasus, Russian Federation and into Eastern Europe. The disease has a huge impact socially and economically, posing a threat to global food security. The lack of a vaccine limits options for disease control.
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