US Customs & Border Patrol: ASF transmission from recent Haitian immigrants “Not an Imminent Risk”
Media coverage around the world showed a Haitian border crisis at the US-Mexico border all while Haiti announced is it positive for African Swine Fever (ASF); so what's the risk of potential spread of ASF from Haitian immigrants?
by Timothy Wier, The Pig Site
11 October 2021
While much of the United States conversation around the recent influx of immigrants at the U.S. southern border is around potential COVID-19 infections, there’s another area of concern: the potential spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) to the United States.
Several weeks ago, The Pig Site reported that Haiti suffered its first confirmed outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF). According to the most recent data from OIE, there’s still just the one confirmed case, although multiple cases in the neighboring Dominican Republic have been reported.
However, given the recent influx of 15,000 Haitian immigrants to the U.S.-Mexico border, and up to 12,000 released into the U.S., this raises the question as to whether this has increased the risk of ASF entering the country.
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