What diseases do feral hogs carry or transmit?

Feral Hogs May 23, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

Feral hogs (wild pigs) are susceptible to a wide range of viral, bacterial, and fungal diseases (e.g., African swine fever, anthrax, tuberculosis, brucellosis, hog cholera, E. coli, foot-and-mouth disease, influenza viruses, leptospirosis, pseudorabies virus, and vesicular stomatitis).  Specifically, feral hogs have the potential to contract and transmit all of the diseases of domestic swine.  Some of these diseases are specific to domestic swine, while others can also infect other wild and domestic mammals as well as humans.  As such, disease outbreaks due to feral hogs represent a substantial risk to the nation’s economy. 

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