Pathogens: What we’ve been researching the last 50 years

Though African swine fever is currently grabbing headlines, the pathogen ranks 10th on the list of worldwide swine pathogen research over the last 50 years.

 

Ann Hess, National Hog Farmer

Dec 05, 2018

 

It’s hard to find an industry meeting this year without African swine fever on the agenda. It’s a pertinent concern for swine producers globally, as more cases continue to be reported in China and across Europe. So, it may be surprising to know ASF is currently 10th on the list for worldwide swine pathogen research over the last 50 years.

 

“We might expect this to change given the increased interest that is now being generated. When we look at publication trends regionally, we do see that ASF has been at the top of the list for sub-Saharan Africa,” says Kimberly VanderWaal, assistant professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, University of Minnesota.

 

“That’s not surprising, since that is where it originated, but we are also see more historical interest in ASF in southern and northern Europe, and even more so in Eastern Europe and central Asia. These are areas that have experienced ASF outbreaks or are in close proximity to where ASF occurs.” she says.

 

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