UMN Experts: African Swine Fever


African Swine Fever (ASF) is a highly contagious disease that causes hemorrhages in pigs. ASF outbreaks in China have resulted in quarantines, movement controls and mandatory culling of swine in affected areas in an effort to control the disease, which could make its way to the U.S. and affect U.S. trade. 

University of Minnesota experts John Deen, Sarah Schieck and Pedro E. Urriola weigh in on the implications ASF’s presence in China has on the U.S., how ASF is transmitted and what pig farmers can do to protect their herds against the disease.

John Deen
“ASF has been endemic in Africa and has spread to eastern Europe over the past decade. However, in August, it was also diagnosed in more than 20 locations in China, home to half the world’s pigs and an active trade partner of the…

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