Summary of: African swine fever virus survival in buried wild boar carcasses

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 summary of a publication of Zani et al. regarding African swine fever virus (ASFV) survival in carcasses of wild boar that succumbed to the disease. The complete publication can be consulted here.

Key Points:

  • Carcasses of ASF infected wild boars have long been thought to play a major role as ASFV reservoirs that can contribute to virus spread.
  • No infectious ASFV was isolated in samples from known ASFV infected boar carcasses that had been buried and re-excavated.
  • These results do not rule out the possibility of infection if boars come into contact with an excavated infected carcass, but does support the viability of burial as an ASF mitigation strategy in areas where other disposal options are unavailable.
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Illegal importation of pork products from China into Japan

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 summary of a publication of Lei et al. regarding the illegal importation of pork products coming from China into Japan, especially in the context of African Swine Fever.

Key Points

  • Importation of infected pork and contaminated pork products is a known source of disease introduction into naive countries.
  • A study was conducted to assess the risk of disease introduction through illegal pork imports and to identify factors affecting perception and behavior regarding illegal imports.
  • A significant association between perception of difficulty of importing a pork product in their luggage, knowledge of illegality, and actual illegal importation was found.
  • Compared to an earlier survey, the results from this suggest that government education and enforcement measures have made a measurable impact
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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 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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