The Swine Health Information Center along with the National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, and American Association of Swine Veterinarians are sharing with US producers and industry representatives USDA’s recently published Qualitative Assessment of the likelihood of African swine fever virus entry to the United States: Entry Assessment.
In 2018, African swine fever (ASF) spread into Western Europe, and, for the first time, into China and Southeast Asia. Such dramatic change in the global epidemiological conditions of ASF has resulted in concerns the disease may continue to spread into disease-free regions, such as the US.
The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) collaborated with the Morrison Swine Health Information Project to enable a study applying machine-learning to predict porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PED) outbreaks on sow farms. The researchers were able determine it is possible to predict the probability of an outbreak when considering animal movements and environmental conditions.
The Swine Health Information Center’s Global Swine Disease Monitoring Report Special Announcement released on February 19, 2019, includes information on the presence of African swine fever (ASF) in Vietnam.
As African swine fever (ASF) raced across China and into western Europe in 2018, the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) collaborated with several industry partners to monitor and react. With studies pointing to feed ingredients as a potential vehicle for transmission of the virus, SHIC encouraged the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) as they developed biosecurity guidelines which they have now updated.