Global Disease Monitoring Reports

August 20, 2018

A third case of ASF has been reported in a farm in the in Haizhou District, part of the city of Lianyungang, in the Jiangsu Province (map). This area is approximately 350 miles east of the 2nd case, reported last Thursday at a slaughter plant in the city of Zhengzhou, Henan province.

August 16, 2018

There is now a second case of African swine fever (ASF) in China. It was found in a slaughterhouse where 30 pigs died of ASF. The slaughterhouse is located in the city of Zhengzhou in the Henan province. The pigs came from Tangyuan district of the city of Jiamusi, in the Heilongjiang province, over 500 miles to northeast of the first reported herd, which was detected approximately two weeks ago.

August 8, 2018

Last Friday the first case of African Swine Fever (ASF) was reported in China (LINK). First identified on August 1st, the outbreak was located in the northeast, in the city Shenyang, district of Shenbei New, in the province Liaoning, swine dense area 130 miles (208km) of the North Korean border. Infection on a small farm with a herd of 383 pigs, where 47 pigs died from the disease, was confirmed by China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center.

June 25, 2018

Eastern Europe continues to see the further establishment of African Swine Fever. Border areas are a particular concern. Romani has seen a new occurrence in backyard swine that is across the country from previous outbreaks, but adjacent to Ukraine, a country that has had difficulty controlling the disease. Many countries are considering the construction of fences, with Denmark recently approving a 44-mile fence along its border with Germany.

May 28, 2018

April 23, 2018

The global swine disease surveillance system is initially being tested for the three tier-1 foreign swine diseases (ASF, CSF, FMD) with the expectation of expanding it to other relevant diseases of swine in the future.

Effective this month, searches for porcine rotavirus, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) and Aujeszky’s disease/pseudorabies (suid herpesvirus 1 (SuHV1)) began. However, no relevant news item was identified for any of those diseases and we are still in the process of optimizing the searched for those pathogens.

April saw the addition of Hungary as the seventh country in the EU now with African Swine Fever. It was found in a wild boar that was a considerable distance from known infected populations. Local authorities report that the disease was probably introduced through infected food waste. Pig prices have plunged as external markets; Serbia, Japan and South Korea have stopped importations of pigs and pork products.

March 28, 2018

  • Classical Swine Fever (CSF)
  • African Swine Fever (ASF)
  • Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)

This past month saw some more activity of FMD in China and Korea. In both countries, there is extensive vaccination for the disease, but the efficacy of the vaccine and the compliance to the vaccination regime can vary widely. The Korean outbreak was the first farm affected in Korea since Feb, 2017. Though China reports sporadic cases, a case where a herd 1200 sheep affected in the Henan province of China raises additional concerns. Henan is a swine dense province, and this level of disease may have negative effects on the large producers in the area.

January 14, 2018

  • Classical Swine Fever (CSF)
  • African Swine Fever (ASF)
  • Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)

The current concern continues to focus on African swine fever in Poland and surrounding countries. Infected wild boars continue to be identified in the vicinity surrounding Warsaw, and the possibility of spread of the disease to the pig intensive area of eastern Poland continues to be a concern. Countries in the region are using a combination of increased hunting of wild boar along with boar proof fencing along borders to attempt to control the spread of the disease.

December 17, 2017

  • Classical Swine Fever (CSF)
  • African Swine Fever (ASF)
  • Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)

African Swine Fever continues to be a major concern in Eastern Europe and Russia. Forty new cases have been found in wild boar around Warsaw, Poland, the furthest west that this disease has been seen in Poland. This has heightened concern of onward transmission to large commercial farms in western Poland and even East Germany.

November 19, 2017

  • Classical Swine Fever (CSF)
  • African Swine Fever (ASF)
  • Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)
Two areas of concern show up in this month’s reports. The first is an outbreak of ASF in Belarus. Though reported in the press, there has been no official report of the disease in the interim. The lack of reporting often reflects a reluctance to put control measures in place. The second is a large outbreak in the Tyumen region of Russia. Outbreaks in Siberia have the added concern of moving within the region towards the pig dense areas in China. The borders of in this region across Russia, Khazakstan, Mongolia and China are uncontrolled in many areas.