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African Swine Fever

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African swine fever research
Scientific Name:
African swine fever virus (Alonso et al. 2018)
Common Name:
African swine fever
Microbiologist Zhiqiang Lu uses a DNA sequencer to examine genetically engineered African swine fever viruses - Photo by Keith Weller; USDA, Agricultural Research Service


Native To:
First identified in Kenya in 1921 (Sánchez‐Vizcaíno et al. 2012)
Date of U.S. Introduction:
Has not been detected in the U.S. (Brown and Bevin 2018)
Means of Introduction:
Most likely pathway into the U.S. is the illegal importation of swine products or byproducts (APHIS)
Highly contagious and fatal viral disease affecting domestic and wild pigs; one of the most economically devastating diseases of swine (APHIS; Sánchez‐Vizcaíno et al. 2012)


Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for African Swine Fever.


World Organisation for Animal Health.

UNFAO. Animal Production and Health Division.

Federal Government

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
DHS. Customs and Border Protection.

International Government

United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.
European Food Safety Authority.

Australian Government. Department of Agriculture.

New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

State and Local Government

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
North Dakota Department of Agriculture.
Delaware Department of Agriculture.


Pennsylvania State University. Cooperative Extension.
Iowa State University. Center for Food Security and Public Health.

University of Florida. Emerging Pathogens Institute.

University of Minnesota. College of Veterinary Medicine.