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USDA Intensifies Efforts To Keep ASF Out Of Country

U.S. officials have heightened protection measures to keep African Swine Fever out of the country, now that the virus has been discovered in the Western Hemisphere for the first time in over 40 years. USDA’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Jack Shere, explains what would happen if African Swine Fever were to be detected here in the United States…

Shere explains the protocols the country has in place should a foreign animal disease such as ASF be discovered on U.S. soil…

Shere adds that an ASF outbreak in the U.S. could cost the swine industry up to $30 billion over a four-to-five-year period.

In response to last week’s announcement that African Swine Fever had been confirmed in the Dominican Republic, USDA said in a statement that it is committed to assisting the island nation in dealing with the disease. The department is offering continued testing support and will consult with Dominican officials on additional steps or actions to support response and mitigation measures.

From NAFB News Service

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