Summary of: African swine fever virus survival in buried wild boar carcasses

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

This week we are sharing a summary of a publication of Zani et al. regarding African swine fever virus (ASFV) survival in carcasses of wild boar that succumbed to the disease. The complete publication can be consulted here.

Key Points:

  • Carcasses of ASF infected wild boars have long been thought to play a major role as ASFV reservoirs that can contribute to virus spread.
  • No infectious ASFV was isolated in samples from known ASFV infected boar carcasses that had been buried and re-excavated.
  • These results do not rule out the possibility of infection if boars come into contact with an excavated infected carcass, but does support the viability of burial as an ASF mitigation strategy in areas where other disposal options are unavailable.
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