African swine fever (ASF) is a serious, highly contagious, viral disease of pigs. The virus can spread rapidly in pig populations by direct or indirect contact and persist for long periods in uncooked pig products.
The virus can also become endemic in feral or wild swine, and transmission cycles between these animals and Ornithodoros ticks can complicate or even prevent eradication.
ASF viral isolates vary in virulence from highly pathogenic strains that cause near 100% mortality to low-virulence isolates that can be difficult to diagnose. There is no vaccine or treatment.
Recently ASF has been detected in China, a major producer of pork. While this is not the first time the virus has been detected outside of Africa — outbreaks in Europe and the Americas date back to the 1960s — its detection in China and the diverse geographical spread of the outbreaks there have raised fears that the disease will move across borders to neighboring countries in Southeast Asia or the Korean Peninsula, where trade and consumption of pork products is also high.
Feedstuffs and National Hog Farmer have created this page to provide you with the latest information related to the ASF outbreak in China and Eastern Europe. Check back as new developments will be added as they unfold.
ASF virus basics, potential risk mitigation addressed at Leman Conference (Sept. 18, 2018)
Europe reacts after Belgium confirms ASF in wild boars (Sept. 13, 2018)
China steps up ASF battle (Sept. 13, 2018)
ASF story has to play out in China (Sept. 10, 2018)
FAO urges utmost diligence in ASF outbreak (Sept. 10, 2018)
FAO convenes emergency meeting to address ASF in Asia (Sept. 5, 2018)
Additional cases of African swine fever found (Sept. 4, 2018)
China confirms sixth case of African swine fever (Sept. 2, 2018)
China suspends live hog transport in ASF-infected provinces (Aug. 31, 2018)
African swine fever is hot topic - gallery (Aug. 31, 2018)
Possible fifth ASF case found in China — Updated (Aug. 30, 2018)
ASF spread continues across China (Aug. 30, 2018)
FAO: ASF outbreak threatens to spread to other Asian countries (Aug. 28, 2018)
Will African swine fever have a significant impact in China (Aug. 27, 2018)
Swine industry collaborating on ASF plan of attack (Aug. 27, 2018)
China has an ASF problem (Aug. 24, 2018)
African swine fever: What role do ingredients play in spread? (Aug. 21, 2018)
Digging into details of third China ASF outbreak (Aug. 20, 2018)
WH Group provides update on ASF outbreak (Aug. 17, 2018)
China finds second outbreak of ASF (Aug. 16, 2018)
ASF spread continues (Aug. 10, 2018)
European consortium to tackle contagious disease spread (July 9, 2018)
Risk of African swine fever virus transmission through feed studied (March 27, 2018)
Are concerns about African swine fever justified? (March 1, 2018)
ASF: Sharing best practices critical to stop spread (Nov. 9, 2017)
ASF continues to spread in Russia (Dec. 17, 2017)
Live pig markets, traders provide insight to controlling ASF (July 3, 2017)
Field study demonstrates accurate diagnosis of ASF (May 4, 2016)
OIE, CIC discuss early detection, prevention of ASF (July 7, 2014)