Work continues to prevent ASF from entering the US
November 19, 2019 By Meghan Grebner Filed Under: Human Interest, Livestock, News, Pork
African Swine Fever continues to dominate the headlines for
the pork industry.
Missouri pork producer and president of the National Pork
Board David Newman says biosecurity remains a top priority as parts have of the
world have been unable to control the spread of African Swine Fever. He says seeing how the disease has devastated
China’s pork sector is a reminder of what could happen should the disease hit
the US. “But if, if, if it were to
happen – there is a plan,” he says. “And
we work on that plan every single day to try to limit the spread of the disease,
get our markets open as soon as possible, and then eliminate the disease.”
Liz Wagstrom, chief veterinarian for the National Pork
Producers Council says one of the biggest takeaways from watching the disease
spread through Asia is the importance of quick diagnosis. “USDA put in place what they call their
active surveillance program,” she says. “Samples coming into the state veterinary
diagnostics lab that might be case compatible for something like ASF are now
automatically being tested for African Swine Fever and Classical Swine Fever.”
Both Newman and Wagstrom spoke with Brownfield at the recent
NAFB meeting in Kansas City, Missouri.
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