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Laboratory diagnosis

 

Laboratory diagnosis

 


Laboratory confirmation of a presumptive diagnosis of ASF depends upon detection of the virus or detection of antibodies. Since most pigs die of acute ASF before antibodies are produced, detection of the virus is the most important method of diagnosis.

Detailed instructions for laboratory diagnostic procedures for ASF are described in the OIE Manual of Standards for Diagnostic Tests. Where indicated, they are reproduced in full in OIE laboratory techniques. The following is a summary, with the emphasis on test that are usually used.