hog cholera

noun

Definition of hog cholera 

: a highly infectious often fatal disease of swine caused by a flavivirus (species Classical swine fever virus of the genus Pestivirus) and characterized by fever, loss of appetite, weakness, erythematous lesions especially in light-skinned animals, and severe leukopenia

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Integral to the ecosystem, the species can eat the diseased remains of animals that might otherwise carry sicknesses, such as hog cholera or anthrax bacteria. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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hog cholera

noun
\ˈhäg-, ˈhȯg- \

Medical Definition of hog cholera 

: a highly infectious often fatal disease of swine caused by a flavivirus of the genus Pestivirus (species Classical swine fever virus) and characterized by fever, loss of appetite, weakness, erythematous lesions especially in light-skinned animals, and severe leukopenia

called also swine fever

— see african swine fever

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