Makerere scientists tackle swine fever

Scientists at Makerere University have started research on how African swine fever (ASF) is transmitted from wild pigs (warthogs) to their domestic cousins.The five-year project will undertake a comprehensive molecular epidemiological analysis to investigate the distribution pattern of spread of the disease, which could have a long-term impact on those rearing the animals or partaking of pork.The study is led by Dr Charles Masembe, a Wellcome Trust Fellow and an Associate Professor in the department of Biological Sciences at Makerere University. According to Dr Masembe, the research is centered in the Murchison Falls National Park and its environs.“We are here to sample bush pigs, warthogs and collect soft ticks to investigate whether these have ASF in them … for full genome sequencing,” said Dr Masembe.The lead researcher says that the team has encountered some difficulties in finding an ideal geographical sample location for their study.African swine fever (ASF) is a highly-contagious hemorrhagic disease which affects both domestic and wild pigs and results from infection of the African swine fever virus (ASFV). More on this visit the link below.