The study, conducted by the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, looked at the risk of African swine fever (ASF) introduction into the US via airport passengers and the likelihood of any ASF-contaminated product getting through, and out of, the airport.
Only two regions in China, the tropical island of Hainan and Tibet in the Himalayas, have not suffered outbreaks of African Swine Fever yet.
The inspector of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has declared an order imposing conditions in relation to secondary control zones in respect of African swine fever (ASF). The order includes new import requirements for unprocessed grains and oilseeds as well as associated meals destined for use in livestock feed sourced from countries that have reported an active case of ASF in domestic or wild pigs within the last five years.
The Vice President of Brussels Transport says a well-designed properly utilized Danish Entry is one of the most effective defenses against the spread of swine diseases.
People who work with pigs often overlook zoonotic diseases as a work place hazard.
The Aichi prefectural government reported the 15th and 16th cases of swine fever, also known as hog cholera, in pigs in the cities of Seto and Tahara since September.
Stocks of breeding pigs in a major Chinese hog producing region plunged 41 percent in the seven months to February, underlining fears about a hit to pork supplies from an epidemic of African swine fever. The drop covered farms in Shandong province, northern China's biggest producer of hogs.
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.
Pigs were diagnosed with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) at the Oklahoma Youth Expo in Oklahoma City, OK, on March 20. Several pigs have become ill and show veterinarians assume most pigs that were at the show or are there now have been exposed.
Farmers and other industry insiders told Reuters that China’s African swine fever epidemic is far more extensive than official reports suggest, making the disease harder to contain, potentially causing pork shortages and increasing the likelihood that it will spread beyond China’s borders.