Risky Pigs: Moving Weaned Pigs During an FMD Outbreak

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.

FAO calls on Vietnam to declare swine fever a national emergency

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) advised Vietnam to declare a rapidly spreading outbreak of African Swine Fever as a national emergency. The virus was first detected in the country a month ago at three farms in two northern provinces and has spread to 17 provinces in northern Vietnam with 239 outbreaks confirmed.

Study Reveals Pigs Can Transmit FMD Prior to Signs of Sickness

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) virus spreads much more aggressively in pigs than previous research suggests, according to a new study by US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. The study shows that pigs infected with the FMD virus were highly contagious to other pigs just 24 hours after infection—long before showing any clinical signs of infection.