Homeland Security Ramps Up African Swine Fever Vaccine Research

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has been intensifying African swine fever (ASF) vaccine research efforts since November in collaboration with the USDA. The African Swine Fever Task Force was created, based out of S&T’s Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC), to tackle this threat to the swine industry.

Researchers Analyze Risk for ASF Introduction into the US Via Airport

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.

Canada implements new feed import requirements to mitigate ASF risk

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.