African swine fever virus, first detected in Vietnam in February, has spread to 42 of the country's 63 provinces.
Scientists have concluded that a vaccine for African swine fever is eight years away, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach said Thursday, May 23, during testimony to Congress.
According to state media, China will start work on clinical trials of a newly developed African swine fever vaccine.
Diseases that are endemic are more difficult to stamp out by quarantining and culling livestock.
An animal genetics company has developed gene-edited pigs that resist Porcine Reproductive Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) , and is investigating ways to stamp out African swine fever.
The goal of the Secure Pork Supply (SPS) plan is to support business continuity for pork premises that are affected by movement controls, but not infected with African swine fever. The SPS plan also includes protocols for foot and mouth disease (FMD) and classical swine fever.
African swine fever has spread to 34 cities and provinces across Vietnam, leading to the culling of five percent of the total pig population.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will test sick and dead pigs for African swine fever in an effort to mitigate devastation if the disease enters the United States.
Since February, African swine fever has occurred in 2,296 communes in 204 districts of 29 cities and provinces in Vietnam
African swine fever was reported in China in August 2018, and has since spread to Vietnam, Cambodia, Mongolia, Hong Kong, and possibly North Korea. More worrisome - animal health experts agree that the disease will spread farther.