ASFWatch was the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety's fall 2018 Emerging Issues feature. ASFWatch includes a series of resources related to recent ASF outbreaks, including video and audio podcasts, timelines, maps, fact sheets, infographics, and other timely information.
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Swine disease surveillance reports
August 2021 highlights
- ASF in the Americas: the first report of the disease after 40 years was confirmed by the USDA in samples originated from the Dominican Republic.
- First cases of ASF in German pig farms: three outbreaks were detected in Brandenburg state close to the border with Poland.
- Spike in ASF cases in Poland: authorities reported an increase of 520% in ASF outbreaks in domestic pigs compared to the first five months of the year.
ASF Risk Analysis
A recently published study (Jurado et al, 2018) estimated the risk for introduction of ASF virus into the U.S. through smuggling of pork in air passengers’ luggage.
Results suggest that the mean risk of ASF virus introduction into the U.S. via air travel has increased 183%, compared to the risk estimated before the disease spread into China, East Asia, and Western Europe in 2018 and 2019.
African swine fever has been spreading across the Caucasus region and Europe since 2007. In 2018 China saw its first outbreak of African swine fever, and the disease has been spreading across Asia in the year since.
Timeline of African swine fever
African swine fever was first observed in 1909, and has since spread throughout Africa, Europe, and Asia.
What is the best way to prepare my swine farm against ASF? Is feed a concern for the introduction of ASF in the United States? Is there a vaccine available against ASF?
ASF Conversations is a series from the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety highlighting emerging issues in global health, with a focus on recent African swine fever outbreaks across the globe.
ASF Conversations features a series of videos and audio podcasts of experts interviewing experts about relevant topics related to recent ASF outbreaks.
Episode 006 // Policy Considerations for African Swine Fever
In episode 6, Dr. Jose Manuel Sanchez Vizcaino, full professor at the Universidad Complutense Madrid and director of the OIE reference laboratory for African Swine Fever, and Dr. Kaylee Myhre Errecaborde, instructor in the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, discuss the global and local policy challenges in the control of African swine fever.
Watch episode 6 on YouTube or listen to the podcast version on SoundCloud.
Episode 005 // What if African Swine Fever Came to Minnesota?
In episode 5, Dr. Marie Culhane, professor in the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Beth Thompson, executive director of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health discuss how Minnesota would respond to a hypothetical African swine fever outbreak and the structures in place to mitigate disease impact.
Watch episode 5 on YouTube or listen to the podcast version on SoundCloud.
Episode 004 // African Swine Fever in the Swine Industry
In episode 4, Dr. Paul Sundberg, executive director of the Swine Health Information Center, and Dr. John Deen, professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, discuss the potential impact of an ASF outbreak on the United States swine industry and the role of the Swine Health Information Center.
Watch episode 4 on YouTube or listen to the podcast version on SoundCloud.
Episode 003 // African swine fever virus overview
In episode 3, Dr. Jose Manuel Sanchez Vizcaino, Universidad Complutense Madrid, and Dr. Tom Molitor, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, discuss an overview of African swine fever virus including a brief history, distribution, characteristics, and transmission of the disease.
Watch episode 3 on YouTube or listen to the podcast version on SoundCloud.
Episode 002 // ASF In the Field - Biosecurity
In episode 2, Dr. Montserrat Torremorell, assistant professor, and Dr. Gustavo Lopez, PhD student, of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine discuss characteristics of African swine fever in the field and the experience of working in the 2014 ASF outbreak in Russia.
Watch episode 2 on YouTube or listen to the podcast version on SoundCloud.
Episode 001 // African Swine Fever Diagnostics
In the first episode in the series, Dr. Jerry Torrison, director, and Dr. Stephanie Rossow, veterinary diagnostician, at the Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) discuss the processes in the diagnostics of African swine fever and the resources available at the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.
Watch episode 1 on YouTube or listen to the podcast version on SoundCloud.
University of Minnesota Fact Sheet
Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Swine Disease Global Surveillance Project
The SDGS project features monthly reports and special announcements of recent swine diseases. Produced by the U of M and SHIC, the tool also features spontaneous reporting.
Secure Pork Supply Plan
The SPS Plan includes Continuity of Business procedures and other resources for pork producers, veterinarians, packers, and regulatory officials.
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
- ASF clinical signs and pathology (PDF)
- Epidemiological analysis of ASF in the European Union
- DEFRA report: qualitative risk assessment (PDF)