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African Swine Fever (ASF) is currently ravaging the swine industries in China and other Asian countries and so far, over 5 million pigs have died or have been culled to stop the spread of the disease. The U.S. has never had an outbreak of ASF. Pig farmers and allied agricultural industries, and local, state and Federal Veterinarians must be vigilant to keep the disease from entering and spreading among U.S. pig farms which would have devastating effects on the domestic economy and food security. This paper provides an update on the ASF situation world wide and provides important facts about the disease that pig farmers and others need to know.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
August 30, 2019