Researchers: Chinese ASF outbreak most likely a man-made disaster

Researchers: Chinese ASF outbreak most likely a man-made disaster

Poor biosecurity practices, not disease virulence, are to blame for size of Chinese outbreak, scientists say

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Despite the headlines, ASF isn’t a particularly contagious disease. Yes, it’s capable of surviving outside a host much longer than most viruses — giving it an ability to remain virulent even after traveling long distances. But on the whole, it doesn’t spread nearly as quickly as other animal diseases such as avian influenza, and small outbreaks have occurred in Africa and across Europe throughout history.