During the World Pork Expo in June, it was said another foreign disease outbreak is a matter of “when” and not “if.” With the outbreak of African Swine Fever in China, the U.S. is not taking any chances.
The African Swine Fever outbreak is expanding through China. There is a concentrated effort to keep it out of the United States. However, the virus has the capability of surviving shipping around the globe. The National Pork Board’s vice president of science and technology, Dr. David Pyburn explains.
The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus which ran through the U.S. also originated in the same Chinese Province. African Swine Fever is not a human health risk but could be devastating to pork production.
You can find a risk assessment online.