Lack of evidence for long term carriers

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Although ASF is typically associated with very high case fatality rates, a certain proportion of infected animals will recover from the infection and survive. Early on it was speculated that such survivors may act as carriers of the virus, and the importance of such carries for disease persistence and spread has since then almost become an established truth. Some of our members performed a systematic review, published on Virus Research, of the available literature on the topic. There they show that, till now, any survivor was named “carrier”. However, they found no evidence suggesting that any of the identified categories of survivors could be considered as “healthy carriers”, i.e. pigs that show no sign of disease but can transmit the virus through contact. For the full article please visit our Dissemination tab or the Journal webpage.

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