Journal of Hygiene

Research Article

A four-year survey of African swine fever in Malawi

J. M. Haresnapea1, S. A. M. Lungua1 and F. D. Mamua1

a1 Central Veterinary Laboratory, Lilongwe, Malawi


A serological survey of free-ranging domestic pigs in the Central and Southern Regions of Malawi, together with laboratory data on confirmed cases of African swine fever (ASF) and data from interviews with pig owners, undertaken over a four-year period from 1981–4, has enabled the ASF enzootic area of Malawi to be identified. The area covers much of the western part of the Central Region and includes Mchinji district and parts of Kasungu, Ntchisi, Dowa and Lilongwe districts. Mortality is substantially less than 100% in outbreaks within the enzootic area but approaches 100% in outbreaks outside this area, as shown by both the serological investigation and the interview data.

(Received January 14 1985)

(Accepted May 07 1985)