As we prepare for fair season, below are a few reminders on swine shows/biosecurity from OSUE and ODA:
Swine Influenza Resources (https://ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/animal-sciences/livestock/livestock-resources)
- Swine Zoonotic Disease Risks and Prevention
- Measures to Minimize Influenza Transmission at Swine Exhibitions, 2018
- Checklist for Protecting Guests, Exhibitors, and Pigs
Also, many of you may have heard about African Swine Fever (ASF) that has spread throughout China and into Europe. This is a foreign animal disease that has the potential to be devastating to U.S. swine producers. Since August 2018, China has confirmed more than 50 cases of ASF. The disease is also spreading within the European Union, reaching 10 member states and affecting mostly the wild pig population. As the number of cases grows, USDA is increasing its vigilance and safeguarding efforts against the spread of the disease to the United States. This is a team effort even with the USDA safeguards in place, producers, the swine industry, veterinarians and even international travelers should be vigilant in protecting against ASF.
Here are several resources that answer some common questions and best practices to pass along to youth members, producers, etc. These resources include biosecurity practices, what ASF is, how it is spread, what signs are, etc. Also please note that ASF is not a threat to human health and cannot be transmitted from pigs to humans.
- foreign disease preparation checklist provided by National Pork Board.