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This is the fifth (false) month of a new outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a country that has already experienced ten epidemics for this virus throughout its history. In fact, the virus was discovered there in 1976. And it is not being given excessive importance, assuming it will be solved as precedents. And maybe yes, but…
Today we had dinner over the sad news of the first case declared of African Swine fever in the South of Belgium. Just a few hours ago we learned that the virus causing this disease, the African Swine Fever virus (ASFv), had been diagnosed in two wild boars. In the absence of new data, everything is speculation. The most plausible explanations for the origin of these infections would be the direct infection of these animals by products contaminated with the virus from infected areas (“again the man is to blame”). Any other explanation would open rather uncomfortable questions to answer.
African Swine Fever (ASF) is a highly lethal hemorrhagic disease for domestic pigs and European wild boards. ASF is a disease of mandatory declaration to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and is caused by African Swine Virus (ASFV), a rather complex and large virus against which there is no treatment, nor vaccine, thus relying for its control in its early detection and slaughtering of infected and potentially exposed animals.
Tuberculosis is one of the diseases with which we work at IRTA-CReSA. We can do this because we have a level 3 biocontainment unit that allows us to work directly and safely with the infectious agents that cause tuberculosis. Zoonoses like this, diseases that affect animals and people, are also one of the reasons that explain the existence of a research center like ours.
African swine fever research collaboration with China: Dr. Rodriguez visits Beijing invited by the FAO.
For the elder (and for those not that old), talking about African swine fever (ASF) brings unpleasant memories. The ASF-causative agent is a virus (ASFV) which provoked dramatic economical loses in the Iberian peninsula for almost four decades. To understand the tremendous implications of ASFV presence to our economy is worthy to mention that its eradication in 1995 allowed re-opening the international trade for our pork products, facilitating therefore launching our swine industry to today´s levels. However, our joy seemed to last only one decade since ASFV is menacing our borders again after re-entering the European continent thorough Georgia in 2007 and some Eastern border countries of the EU in 2014.