African swine fever: How did the Spaniards eradicate it?

Teddy Roosevelt once said, “I believe that the more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future.”

Those words struck me recently after attending a session on African swine fever at the National Pork Producers Council Fall Alliance Meeting when Neil Dierks, NPPC chief executive officer, mentioned maybe we need to revisit Spain’s history with the virus and how they were able to stamp it out. My ears perked up at the comment, and yes, my mouth began to salivate at the thought of tasting Jamón ibérico again too, but mostly I was just intrigued to know more about their situation. Thankfully Dierks pointed me to a vault of information on ASF and Spain.

Peter Fernandez, a former Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service…

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