Several species of the soft ticks do exist but the species responsible for spreading ASFV in Uganda is the Ornithodorus moubata, which itself is a reservoir for the ASFV. The soft ticks too, get infected with the ASFV when they feed on infected wild pigs of domestic pigs.
These ticks majorly inhabit warthog burrows although they have been found to infest domestic pig stys as well. The ticks are responsible for the existence of the traditional sylvatic ASFV cycle.
Charles Masembe (BVM, MSc., PhD),
Associate Professor (Molecular Genetics & Evolution),
Wellcome Trust Fellow,