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∑ African Swine Fever in more than 50 countries
Ö it is almost easier to list where the pig virus has not been foundÖ
∑ Keep Your Eyes on African Swine Fever
When life gets interrupted, itís easy to take your eye off the ballÖ
African Swine Fever in more than 50 countries
By Tom Steever, Brownfield
June 26, 2020
The National Pork Board says African Swine Fever is in more than 50 countries, pointing out that it is almost easier to list where the pig virus has not been found. Having outbreaks in more locations around the world makes it harder to keep the deadly disease out of the U.S., said Dr. David Pyburn, chief veterinarian at the National Pork Board.
ďThereís more potential for travelers to either bring back illegal meat products that could be containing the virus,Ē Pyburn told Brownfield Ag News Friday, ďor to track this virus back in on their shoes or their clothing or something that they may have purchased in those countries where itís positive.Ē
African Swine Fever is not in the United States, but new cases are reported in nearly 11,000 hogs in northeastern India, as well as in backyard pigs in western Poland.
The Pork Board says African Swine Fever does not affect humans or other non-swine animals and is not a food safety issue...
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Keep Your Eyes on African Swine Fever
Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork
June 26, 2020
When life gets interrupted, itís easy to take your eye off the ball.
As I look back on the spring, Iím not sure what my eyes were on. It feels like a pretty big blur of COVID-19, uncertainty, packing plant disruptions, heartache and oh yes, a little remote learning and a few new office buddies. I needed to keep my eyes on the ball, but which one?
When life as you know it is canceled until further notice, you take inventory of the things that matter and the things that donít. While visiting with industry leaders during this time, much of their focus was on helping producers weather the COVID-19 storm. Because of this, some projects were put on hold; but one thing that didnít change was a focus on foreign animal disease prevention and preparedness.
Although it seemed like diseases like African swine fever (ASF) took a backseat during the pandemic, the COVID-19 crisis taught the industry an important lesson about disease outbreaks: more work is needed.
In June, Farm Journalís PORK hosted an ASF webinar with industry experts Gordon Spronk, DVM, of Pipestone Veterinary Services; Liz Wagstrom, DVM, NPPC chief veterinarian; and Patrick Webb, DVM, director of swine health for the National Pork Board, to explore the current state of ASF and what the industry has learned from COVID-19. Here are four lessons they shared.
1. We need more research and funding at the federal level ...
2. We need effective response plans ...
3. We need more testing methodologies and the ability to interpret the tests ...