Farmscape for March 20, 2023
The Executive Director of the Swine Health Information Center says the latest developments with regards to African Swine Fever are a reminder of the need to remain vigilant in North America.
The Swine Health Information Center's March global swine disease surveillance report indicates the first outbreak of African Swine Fever has been reported in Singapore, making it the 17th nation in Asia to be affected since the first confirmation of ASF in China in 2018 and the eighth case of ASF in domestic pigs was found in Brandenburg, Germany.
Dr. Paul Sundberg, the Executive Director of the Swine Health Information Center and a member of the Swine Innovation Porc Coordinated African Swine Fever Research Working Group, says ASF is a virus that moves slowly but deliberately and it continues to circulate in eastern Europe especially in their wild boar population.
Clip-Dr. Paul Sundberg-Swine Health Information Center:
ASF is a disease of pigs.
It's not a food safety issue but it can be transmitted if a pig comes into contact with another pig's carcass that died from ASF and that's what happens in the wild or feral pig population or if it comes into contact with a food product that was prepared from a pig that had died from ASF.
ASF is still moving around eastern Europe.
It is also in southeast Asia.
There's been further development and testing of vaccines in Vietnam which have been promising but we're looking at ASF as a continual pressure on the borders of North America and we certainly have to do everything we can to prevent it and be prepared for that.
Dr. Sundberg says hopefully we can prevent the introduction of African Swine Fever into North America but, if we can't, we have to learn the lessons from eastern Europe and southeast Asia.
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