USDA Announces New ASF Resources

USDA is monitoring the recent outbreaks of African swine fever in Asia and Europe, and has proactively taken steps to increase safeguarding efforts to keep the disease out of the United States.

The department has increased detector dog teams within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, restricted the imports of pork from affected countries, and expanded testing capabilities of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network.

USDA noted that detector dogs played a major role in the seizure of roughly one million pounds of pork smuggled from China where there is an outbreak of African swine fever. The resources included potential African swine fever pathways, biosecurity measures, signs and symptoms producers should watch for, as well as traveler tips.

The resources announced this week can be found at www.aphis.usda.gov.