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Agencies Hoping to Prevent Local Spread of African Swine Fever
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/17/2019

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture is advising farmers to take certain precautions in an effort to prevent a possible outbreak of African swine fever in the United State or the Midwest. The agency announced it has been working with industry partners to protect the U.S. pork supply, despite the fact that the disease has never been confirmed in North America.

"We have been working closely with USDA, pork producers, businesses and organizations to prepare for African swine fever through emergency planning," said State Veterinarian Dr. Darlene Konkle. "Advance planning gives us the advantage of identifying and working through challenges and having immediate resources to prevent the spread of African swine fever if it is discovered here. Individuals who implement enhanced biosecurity and utilize the Secure Pork Supply plan for their swine operation will have the strongest defenses against this disease."

ASF is not a human health or food safety concern, but it is a highly contagious, viral disease that kills majority of infected pigs. There is no vaccine or treatment, which means pigs exposed to the virus must be euthanized to prevent the spread of disease.

To help Wisconsin swine owners and veterinarians to defend against ASF, producers are asked to following sound biosecurity practices, observe their animals regularly for any clinical signs of ASF, report suspected cases of disease to your veterinarian immediately, and keep up with ASF information and be ready to adapt to changing conditions.

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