APHIS outlines action items following African swine fever exercises

Compensation for animals that are depopulated during an outbreak is an important issue.

 

Source: U.S. Animal Health Association

via National Hog Farmer  - Nov 04, 2019

 

If an outbreak of African swine fever were to occur in the U.S. is the pork industry ready? Many parties are working to make sure it’s as ready as possible, but there may be more questions than answers. Sarah Tomlinson, associate deputy administrator of the Strategy and Policy Unit within USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services, gave an update on the four ASF exercises that have been conducted this year to help the industry prepare. She spoke during a meeting of state veterinary officials, held in conjunction with the 2019 U.S. Animal Health Association annual meeting, in Providence, R.I., this week.

 

The exercises involved veterinary officials from 14 pork-producing states, APHIS, state and national pork associations and private sector companies. Each exercise built upon the previous, to provide successive levels of preparedness.         

 

The goal of the final exercise was to conduct a combination of functional exercises and drills over a four-day period with participation from federal, state and local agencies along with industry representatives. It took place in September and focused on the following major activities:

 

Day 1 ... 

 

Day 2 ... 

 

Day 3 ... 

 

Day 4 ... 

 

National movement standstill ... 

 

Indemnity policy ... 

 

Rapid depopulation ... 

 

National surveillance and diagnostics ... 

 

Virus elimination ... 

 

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