swine fever

noun

Definition of swine fever

2 : a highly contagious disease of swine that is endemic to sub-Saharan Africa and usually occurs in a fatal acute form which resembles hog cholera and is marked especially by fever, anorexia, lethargy, vomiting, and bleeding internally and under the skin

Note: Swine fever is caused by a double-stranded DNA virus (species African swine fever virus of the genus Asfivirus, family Asfarviridae) and has spread to and caused epidemics in the western hemisphere.

called also African swine fever

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That suggests the cause goes deeper than temporary supply disruptions from bad weather and a swine fever outbreak. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Inflation Rears Its Head in China," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of swine fever

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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swine fever

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