Mitigating the risk of African Swine Fever virus entry into boar studs in the USA

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 the Secure Food Systems Team at the University of Minnesota shares information on a proactive risk assessment regarding the introduction of ASF via boar studs. To learn more about risk assessment regarding ASF introduction via feed, read our Science Page from last week.

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Rethinking the uncertainty of African swine fever virus contamination in feed ingredients and risk of introduction into 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.

The University of Minnesota shares their quantitative risk assessment framework to estimate the risk of African swine fever virus from imported contaminated feed ingredients, including soybeans and corn.

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Report on the First African Swine Fever Case found in Greece in 2020

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 presenting a report by Bellou et al., from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece on the first case of African Swine Fever discovered back in 2020.

Main Points 

  • In February 2020 the first African Swine Fever (ASF) case in Greece was diagnosed in a backyard swine farm.
  • Clinical symptoms were vague and necropsy findings could be attributed to other conditions, including ASF.
  • In areas neighboring high ASF-risk areas, ASF should always be included on the differential diagnosis, even in cases with mild symptoms, due to the high mortality rate and acute spread that ASF poses.
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Enhanced Passive Surveillance for ASF and CSF

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, the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety at the University of Minnesota shares preliminary results regarding a project looking at enhanced surveillance for two Foreign Animal Diseases: African Swine Fever and Classical Swine Fever.

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Analyzing Swine Feed Ingredients and Pork Products from ASF Affected Countries

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, Dr. Gil Patterson, Chief Medical Officer at VetNOW shares a summary of his publication in Transboundary and emerging Diseases, focusing on swine feed ingredients and pork products imported from countries affected by African Swine Fever.

Key Points

  • Feed and feed ingredients can act as an introduction pathway for African swine fever into the US that needs to be considered
  • Analysis focusing on high-risk products from ASF positive countries can help identify entry pathways into the US and assess risk
  • The ability to focus in on different products, entry pathways, and country of origin provides flexibility to address a range of questions
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