African Swine Fever: The Heat is On
African Swine Fever poses a huge risk to the global pork sector, with it currently spreading throughout China and Europe. It will most likely arrive in North America as well so producers need to be prepared. Symptoms to look for include fever, difficulty standing, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, laboured breathing or coughing and blue or red skin blotches, especially around the snout and ears. It can be transmitted by nasal or oral contact through excretions or directly, with footwear, transport and feed also at risk for transmission. Biosecurity protocols should be in place to prevent this disease from entering Canada. Some people are calling for a nation-wide audit to ensure everyone is on the same page for preventing this disease. Being prepared for African Swine Fever is essential, as a proper response will be needed to help save the pork industry.
African Swine Fever – The Heat is On (full article)