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USDA Announces a Proposed Action Plan for Swine Brucellosis and Pseudorabies

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 Lyndsay Cole  (970) 494-7410

USDA Announces a Proposed Action Plan for Swine Brucellosis and Pseudorabies
    
WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2012–The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has drafted a proposed action plan that presents current thinking and concepts about modifications that could be made to our domestic programs for swine brucellosis (SB) and pseudorabies (PRV).

“This action plan outlines a potential new approach to our regulations,” said John R. Clifford, Deputy Administrator for APHIS' Veterinary Services program. “We recognize that our animal health status related to these diseases has changed, and we'd like to bring our regulations up to date to address current risks.”

No States have had recent outbreaks of SB or PRV in commercial production swine.  Therefore, all States are currently considered free for SB and PRV and there are no restrictions on the interstate movement of any swine within the United States for these diseases. 

In recent years, APHIS has identified several swine herds throughout the United States that were infected with SB or PRV.  None of these herds were commercial production swine and the infections were all attributed to exposure to feral swine or to herds which may have had feral swine exposure.  Feral swine are a known reservoir of SB and PRV. The proposed action plan incorporates the risk of disease introduction presented by feral swine, which is not addressed in our current regulations.

This proposed action plan details issues with the existing regulations, and sets forth a draft regulatory framework to potentially address these issues, to reduce the regulatory burden associated with outmoded provisions of the programs, and to combine the SB and PRV programs into one program.

This proposed action plan is published in the February 7 issue of the Federal Register at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2010-0086.

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