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 process of moving them is highly regulated, in order to prevent the spread of swine fever or any other potential diseases. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 25 Feb. 2022 China itself has had its own struggles with swine fever, with nearly half its own herds estimated to have been wiped out by outbreaks in 2018 and 2019. Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2021 The staple meat had driven rising inflation since 2019 because of swine fever. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, 9 June 2021 China is stepping up its grain imports as the country seeks to replenish its pig farms after an outbreak of deadly swine fever. Costas Paris, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2021 The swine fever caused farmers in Latin America and Southeast Asia to cull their herds. Bob Pepalis, Washington Examiner, 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, 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, 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, 14 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of swine fever

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Swine fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swine%20fever. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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