We have been very fortunate to keep African Swine Fever (ASF) from the Western Hemisphere. It has taken a lot of hard work by thousands of trained inspectors in multiple countries. Much of the world has been high alert. Despite the preparedness, South Korea recently joined the ranks of ASF afflicted countries.
South Korea is now the ninth Asian country to find cases of ASF in its hog population. Dr. Patrick Webb is the Director of Swine Health Programs for the National Pork Board. Dr. Webb talks about this latest outbreak.
South Korea is a major trading partner of the United States. This means the U.S. really must clamp down on ASF prevention protocols. Pork farms need to redouble their efforts to monitor their operations. Dr. Webb reminds producers of locations where they can get tips on tightening their protection.
Even though there have been no cases of ASF in the Western Hemisphere, it doesn’t mean pork producers shouldn’t be vigilant.