swine fever


: 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 Advertisement Today, mainly due to concerns about diseases such as African swine fever, animal feed is also on its way out. Max Kim, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023 One traveler also had uncertified pork products that could have introduced African swine fever and swine vesicular disease to the U.S., officials said. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 23 Aug. 2023 African swine fever has for years disrupted the $250 billion global pork market. Fox News, 2 Aug. 2023 Vietnam late last month approved domestic commercial use of two African swine fever vaccines - NAVET-ASFVAC and AVAC ASF LIVE - co-developed by Vietnamese companies and researchers from the United States. Fox News, 2 Aug. 2023 Only limited data are available from China’s trials on a live-virus vaccine against swine fever. Reuters, CNN, 7 June 2023 The next step will be nationwide authorization, the first ever for an African swine fever vaccine, and possible sales overseas. Reuters, CNN, 7 June 2023 There are also several pathogens – such as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, foot and mouth disease virus, H5N1 influenza and African swine fever virus – for which all three traditional approaches have yet to yield an effective vaccine. David Verhoeven, The Conversation, 17 May 2023 Southeast Asia is preparing for a long war against African swine fever (ASF), a highly infectious and lethal disease that reached China in 2018 and has since spread south, threatening both domestic and wild pigs. Bydennis Normile, science.org, 25 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of swine fever was in 1877

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“Swine fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swine%20fever. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

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