Growing African swine fever virus raises risk considerations

Dr. John Deen fron the University of Minnesota recently wrote a column in the National Hog Farmer about African Swine Fever virus and what the recent reports about virus spread mean for the industry.

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Podcast: Conversations around African Swine Fever

Happy holidays everyone! The swine group at the University of Minnesota wishes you the most wonderful time, surrounded by friends and family.

Podcasts are a perfect way to get caught up with new swine information! We are presenting you the latest episode from “At The Meeting… Honoring Dr. Bob Morrison” in collaboration with SwineCast.

The latest episode of At the meeting… sees our hosts and their invited speaker talk about African Swine Fever: what is the current situation?

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Frequency and origin of live imports of breeding-stock pigs to the United States

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

This week, we are sharing a report from the MSHMP team in collaboration with the Swine Health Information Center regarding the origin of the pigs that are imported for breeding purposes.

Key Points

  • International live pig transport is a possible route for disease entry into the U.S.
  • The first step in assessing this risk is to categorize and analyze breeding stock import data
  • Small numbers of imported breeding pigs have come from a variety of countries, but the majority come from Canada
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First Oral Vaccination of Eurasian Wild Boar Against African Swine Fever Virus Genotype II

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

This research summary is shared by Prof. Sanchez-Vizcaino and his team at the Compultense University of Madrid.

Key points

  • A weakly virulent, non-hemadsorbing ASFV strain was isolated in 2017 from a hunted wild boar in Latvia (Strain ID: Lv17/WB/Rie1) with the potential of being used as a vaccine.
  • Oral vaccination of wild boars with strain Lv17/WB/Rie1 protects animals against a virulent hemadsorbing (ASF genotype II).
  • Contact animals exposed indirectly to the vaccinated animals were also protected against the ASF virulent strain
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UMN swine faculty interviewed on African swine fever

Last week, Drs. John Deen and Jerry Torrison were interviewed about African Swine Fever, the virus decimating the Chinese hog industry. They shared why it is a concern for our swine farmers in the Midwest, and how the University of Minnesota is participating in the effort to prepare for it.

Watch the full video on the KTTC website.