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Stop African Swine Fever
As a veterinarian, you’re essential to helping pig farmers keep their herd healthy and defend against diseases like the highly contagious African swine fever. Because this viral pig disease has never been detected in the United States, it can be easy to become complacent. Getting all types of pig owners to know the upfront actions to take–and disease signs–is critical to protecting the herd and the U.S. food supply.

Your Role in Securing Our Swine

Although people cannot get African swine fever, they can carry it on clothing, shoes, and equipment. Sources of the infection include garbage feeding, contaminated personnel, equipment and vehicles, contaminated feed, or water, infected domestic or wild pigs, soft ticks, stable flies and semen. The most common sources of transmission include:

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Alert pig owners to the direct and indirect transmission sources of African swine fever.

Train producers and swine health monitors on each site to recognize clinical signs of the virus.

Work with the biosecurity manager on production locations to write or update a site-specific biosecurity plan.

Assist pig producers in identifying their biggest vulnerabilities within a site.

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