USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach told the House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee that an effective vaccine for the African Swine Fever Virus is at least eight years away.
Ibach said the USDA is also working with Canada on research on how to detect the disease, as well as on biosecurity measures. He said imports of feed from China are much lower than they’ve been, but also pointed out that “shutting down imports of feed would hurt the swine industry.”
African Swine Fever has not been found in North America. If the virus does show up, USDA would consult with governments of both countries before deciding where and when to limit animal movements.
Some 1.02 million pigs have been culled in China alone in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease, which is fatal to swine.