A cure in sight for african swine fever

Researchers at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) have developed an effective vaccine against the African swine fever virus (ASFV), offering hope to Poland as one of the most affected countries by the disease.

The vaccine reportedly gives results with an accuracy greater than 95%.

A recent study published in the Journal of Virology concluded that both low and high doses of this vaccine were 100% effective, including when the pigs were tested 28 days after vaccination.

ASFV is a big problem for both Poland and European agriculture.

In Poland, 67 thousand pigs have already been affected by the disease. Further cases of the virus have also been detected in the other EU Member States, and some regions – such as Lower Saxony in Germany – intend to create special rapid response forces against ASFV.

Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski said that, since October 2019, there has been no case of ASFV on Polish farms.

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