African Swine Fever (ASF) is an infectious viral disease in domestic pigs and other pig-like animals, such as warthogs and the bushpig.
Spread of the virus
African Swine Fever arrived in Georgia from Africa in 2007. From there the virus spread to Russia and other countries, reaching the European Union in 2014. In September 2018 the virus made a big leap, infecting a few wild boars in Belgium.
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In the Netherlands, safeguarding against and combating African Swine Fever is a task carried out by the government.
Infographic: how animals become infected
Role of Wageningen University & Research
Diagnostics, advice and training are the core responsibilities that Wageningen Bioveterinary Research undertakes as an independent organisation in this regard. In order to be able to carry out these duties effectively, the constant maintenance and expansion of expertise is essential, in the shape of research related to the core tasks among other things.