The Manager of Swine Health Programs with Manitoba Pork says efforts to deal with PED will be helpful in reducing the risks posed by African Swine Fever.
Canadian pork producers are being encouraged to refocus their biosecurity protocols in light of the spread of African Swine Fever throughout China.
Jenelle Hamblin, the Manager of Swine Health Programs with Manitoba Pork, encourages farms to review biosecurity with their veterinarians and staff, with an emphasis on overseas travelers.
Jenelle Hamblin-Manitoba Pork:
The virus is highly contagious and it can be spread to pigs both directly and indirectly.
African Swine Fever can be spread directly between animals through contact with blood, saliva, urine, feces and the virus can be spread indirectly being that it is extremely hardy and can live for long periods of time in a variety of places, in swine products, in the environment, on items such as farm equipment, clothing, shoes or in livestock feed that has been in contact with any infected pig or African Swine Fever virus.
It has also been found to spread through tick bites in the wild boar populations to domesticated animals.
In fact, this is thought to be the primary mode of infection within Africa.
Our Manitoba pig farmers have really stepped up their biosecurity practices over the past few years in order to successfully biocontain and work toward eliminating PEDv.Source : Farmscape