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

Examples of swine fever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The swine fever caused farmers in Latin America and Southeast Asia to cull their herds. Bob Pepalis, Washington Examiner, "CEO says overseas demand helps market for Iowa after derecho," 1 Dec. 2020 The swine fever virus isn’t harmful to humans, but is almost always deadly in pigs and there is no... Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "Foreign Meat Is Dropping Off the Menu in China as Local Pork Prices Fall," 19 Nov. 2020 Germany confirmed the first case of swine fever in the state of Saxony, signaling that the disease is spreading beyond its initial hotspot in Brandenburg. Birgit Jennen, Bloomberg.com, "More Swine Fever Cases Detected Among Germany’s Wild Boars," 31 Oct. 2020 China is so desperate to rebuild pig herds after swine fever that its banks are experimenting with loans to farmers backed by a novel asset: their hogs. Xie Yu And Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "China Serves Up Pig-Backed Loans for Its Hogtied Farmers," 14 Sep. 2020 Before Covid-19 hit, the country was already dealing with another epidemic: swine fever. Ben Westcott, CNN, "In authoritarian China, eating freely is a cherished activity. Now a food waste campaign wants to control meals, too," 28 Aug. 2020 Even though Deka says he is preoccupied with swine fever, the coronavirus pandemic has dried up funding desperately needed for the new bio-security measures and staff training. Aniruddha Ghosal, Star Tribune, "Virus lockdown for world's smallest and rarest wild pigs," 6 Aug. 2020 In total, Xinhua, a media outlet, estimates hog stocks in China are now at 81% of pre-swine fever levels. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "One bright spot in U.S.-China relations? China’s enormous corn-buying spree," 31 July 2020 So conservationists working to protect the tigers in Russia are also concerned about protecting the deer and boar species from habitat loss and swine fever. Lauren Kent, CNN, "What is the real tiger king? Answer: The Siberian tiger, and its kingdom is under attack," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of swine fever

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Dec 2020

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“Swine fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swine%20fever. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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swine fever

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