On September 14th, the OIE official report of the 1st ASF case in Belgium was released, confirming our previous report. On Saturday, 15th, the Federal Agriculture minister confirmed three new cases in the same area of the initial report, identified in wild boars found dead in the city of Etalle (Luxembourg province), near the border with France.
Although it has not been officially reported to the OIE yet, preliminary reports indicate that ASF has been
confirmed in two wild boars near the southern village of Étalle, in the province of Luxembourg, which is
located 8 miles (12 km) from the border with France and 11 miles (17 km) from Luxembourg. It appears to
have jumped a considerable distance from previously affected countries, about 300 miles (500 km) from the
border with the Czech Republic, 500 miles from Hungary, and 750 miles (1,200 km) from the border with
Romania (approximate distances). The Belgian authorities report they are working to prevent the possible
spread of the disease among wild boar and onto pig farms.
You don’t know what you don’t know. And you don’t always know what your colleagues do know. Because the potential for new, emerging, and foreign animal diseases to affect the US swine herd is an industry-wide concern, the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) recently coordinated a meeting of the project coordinators of independent and voluntary swine health and producer information sharing programs around the country.
On September 5, 2018, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials met with US pork sector groups, including the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, and Swine Health Information Center to discuss additional measures to prevent the spread of African swine fever (ASF) to the United States. The disease is currently active in China and some European countries. This document captures the prevention segment of the discussion. More information on diagnostic preparedness, surveillance, and response will be provided soon.
On September 5, 2018, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration officials met with U.S. pork sector groups – including the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the National Pork Board, the National Pork Producers Council and the Swine Health Information Center – to evaluate additional measures to prevent the spread to the United States of African swine fever (ASF) currently active in China and some European nations. Diagnostic preparedness, surveillance and response to infection were also discussed. We will provide updates on these topics shortly.