DOI: 10.3390/ani13233713 ISSN: 2076-2615

African Swine Fever: A Review of Current Disease Management Strategies and Risks Associated with Exhibition Swine in the United States

Hannah J. Cochran, Angela M. Bosco-Lauth, Franklyn B. Garry, I. Noa Roman-Muniz, Jennifer N. Martin
  • General Veterinary
  • Animal Science and Zoology

African swine fever is a high-consequence foreign animal disease endemic to sub-Saharan Africa and the island of Sardinia. The U.S. is the world’s third largest pork producer, and ASF introduction would severely disrupt the pork supply chain, emphasizing the need to protect market access for U.S. proteins. However, niche producers raising swine intended for exhibition may not follow stringent biosecurity protocols, and livestock show circuits may promote untracked animal movement across the country, potentially exacerbating virus’ spread in the event of ASF incursion into the U.S. Youth membership in state or national swine organizations offers a route for outreach and educational activities to enhance foreign animal disease preparedness, and adult presence at swine exhibitions allows a wide variety of programming for all ages to better serve all levels of understanding.

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