Plum Island is the only place in the US where vetetrinarians will be able to see African swine fever in the flesh before potentially having to recognize it in the field.
The Secure Pork Supply Plan offers a business continuity plan for pork premises with no evidence of a foreign animal disease infection located in a regulatory control area.
Free trade agreements, regionalization, international passenger travel and the constant evolution of infectious agents are among the factors affecting foreign animal disease prevention, control, management and recovery in the swine industry.
SecureReady, a first-of-its-kind program for swine producers to prepare for foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreaks, facilitates populating, updating, and record retrieval of premises identification, biosecurity plans, and animal movement.
The first ring is heightened biosecurity at the country’s borders. While the second ring needs to be located around each farm. Individual farms need to limit access to people from other countries unless they have strict biosecurity protocols.
If foreign animal disease breaks in the United States, state veterinarians will be first in command.
Jack Shere, chief veterinary officer for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), runs down a possible bad-case scenario and plan of action.
The response to a foreign animal disease usually involves the establishment of disease control areas within which there will be movement restrictions put in place in an attempt to stop disease spread between farms. Allowing movement from a disease control area of pigs with no evidence of infection can be done without spreading disease if science-based risk mitigation measures are put in place.
Current foot and mouth disease (FMD) vaccine supplies are only sufficient to protect about 14 percent of the cattle in Texas or four percent of Iowa’s swine, leaving all the rest in the country susceptible.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the move this morning as part of a larger initiative to improve border security and biosecurity at hog farms.