Another four cases of pork products originating in China have tested positive for African swine fever (ASF), including the first courier package found to contain meat products that tested positive for the virus, to the Taiwan Council of Agriculture (COA).
Two more commercial swine farms face legal charges after failing to report outbreaks of African swine fever and selling sick pigs.
Based on experiences, knowledge and data gained from the current epidemic this review highlights some recent developments in the epidemiological understanding of African swine fever (ASF).
The director of swine health programs for the National Pork Board talks about China’s biosecurity challenges and the US response plan if an African swine fever outbreak occurs.
While most European countries have legislation and action plans for animal biosecurity, only half have national funds to support biosecurity.
Leading experts in animal and public health from 11 countries developed a regional plan of action against the Rift Valley fever outbreak in East Africa at a high-level meeting in Tanzania.
National animal disease diagnostic laboratories of 44 African and 19 Asian countries are participating in the VETLAB Network, facilitated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has opened a three day emergency meeting to examine the most recent developments in China following the outbreak of African swine fever in the country, and propose a regional response to the threat that ASF could spread to other countries in Asia.
Analyst says reporting of outbreaks shows major gains from similar crisis more than a decade ago.
As of today, African swine fever has been reported at sites in four provinces in China’s northeast, thousands of kilometers apart. Containing the disease in a population of more than 430 million hogs, many raised in smallholder farmyards with minimal biosecurity, could be a monumental challenge.