Classical Swine Fever (CSF) is a highly contagious viral disease of domestic
and feral pigs with variable clinical signs and
death rates. The causative agent is an enveloped virus that belongs to the
genus Pestivirus within the Flaviviridae family. CSF is
list A disease with more or less worldwide distribution. It is endemic
in Asia, Central and South America, parts of Europe, and Africa. CSF outbreaks
cause considerable economic losses impeding trade of pigs and pig products.
Control measures that have to be taken in case of an outbreak within the EU
are defined in Council
Diagnostic procedures are put into writing in the Diagnostic
Manual and the accompanying technical
part. To ensure the continuity of the coordination of diagnostic work the “Institut
für Virologie der Tierärztlichen Hochschule Hannover” was confirmed
as Community Reference Laboratory for CSF.