African Swine Fever Still Spreading Globally, U.S. Producers in Prevention Mode

 

Radio 570 WNAX (SD)

Nov 4, 2019

 

The World Health Organization’s President says around a quarter of the world’s pigs are expected to die from African swine fever as the disease spreads rapidly around the globe. National Pork Producers Council’s Chief Veterinarian Dr. Liz Wagstrom says those numbers are from China’s estimated pork losses. She says the global losses are likely higher than that.

 

She says that report highlights the need for America’s pork producers to continue tightening their biosecurity efforts. Wagstrom also says the U.S. pork industry has been meeting with Mexican and Canadian officials talking about ASF prevention measures to keep the disease out of North America.

 

Wagstrom advises as U.S. pork producers step up biosecurity she advises them to pay close attention to their feed sources and know where that feed is coming from.

 

Wagstrom says...

 

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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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https://www.nationalhogfarmer.com/agenda/aphis-outlines-action-items-following-african-swine-fever-exercises