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Volume 13, Number 12—December 2007

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African Swine Fever Virus DNA in Soft Ticks, Senegal

Laurence Vial*Comments to Author , Barbara Wieland†, Ferran Jori*‡, Eric Etter*§, Linda Dixon¶, and François Roger*
Author affiliations: *French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, Montpellier, France; †Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield, United Kingdom; ‡University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, South Africa; §Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles, Dakar, Senegal; ¶Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright, United Kingdom;

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Tick collections in villages and detection of African swine fever virus in ticks, Senegal*

Sampling site Pigpen no. Burrows Presence of Ornithodoros sonrai
Infection with 
O. sonrai Last ASF outbreak
Reference Within buildings Near buildings
Sassa-Niakhar-Diohine 1 11 + + (4) 0/4 S 2005
2 6 + (5) 1/6 S 2005
3 1
4 1 S 2005
5 0 S 2005
Fatick 6 7 + + (3) + (2) 1/2
7 4 + (2) + (2) 0/6
8 0
9 1 + (1) 0/1
10 2 + (1)
Foundiougne 11 7 + + (1) 1/2 S 2005
12 3 S 2005
13 2 S 2005
14 1 Sp 2005
15 2 S 2005
Sokone 16 6 + + (1) 1/7 S 2004
17 3 S 2004
18 1
19 3 + (3) 0/6
20 4 -
Karang 21 6
22 10
23 2 S 2005
24 4
25 2

*ASF, African swine fever; +, positive; –, negative; S, summer; Sp, spring. Two other ticks from wild areas in Fatalah and Sipo forests were tested for AFSV and found negative.
†Values in parentheses are no. infested burrows or cracks.
‡Values are no. infected ticks/no. tested.

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