AASV Urges Attendees to Prioritize Biosecurity


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Veterinarians and swine industry leaders from around the world will be traveling to Orlando, Fla., soon for the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV)’s 50th Annual Meeting on March 9-12.

AASV encourages participants to do their part to protect the U.S. swine herd from foreign animal diseases, including African swine fever (ASF), classical swine fever (CSF), and foot and mouth disease (FMD).

Prioritize biosecurity, especially if you are traveling from a country or have recently visited a country with cases of ASF, CSF or FMD. Paul Sundberg, executive director of the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC), offers these important reminders.

•    Declare international farm visits upon entry into the U.S.

•    Do not bring prohibited foods into the U.S.

•    Follow farm biosecurity measures and downtime requirements (recommended minimum 5 nights with no swine contact) if visiting a U.S. farm

•    Do not wear any items, including footwear, from your international farm visit to a U.S. farm

When returning to the U.S. after visiting a farm or being in contact with animals in a country (or countries) with ASF, or any other foreign animal disease, travelers should declare this information to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol via written form, airport kiosk or verbally. Then he or she should be diverted for an ag secondary screening by an ag specialist.

“To help the industry understand the scope of this issue and safeguard the health of the U.S. swine herd, the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC), National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council and AASV are asking you to report your experience if you are not diverted for secondary screening with return to the U.S. following overseas travel,” says Paul Sundberg, SHIC executive director.

If you are not diverted for secondary screening after declaring you have been on a farm or in contact with animals in an ASF or other foreign animal disease positive nation, please email the following to psundberg@swinehealth.org:

•    Your name (optional - please specify if you do NOT want your name shared)
•    Country (or countries) visited
•    Date and time of return
•    Airline and flight number
•    Arrival airport
•    Declaration method (written form, kiosk, or verbal)
•    Customs and Border Patrol employee name, if possible (displayed on right side of shirt)
•    Any other pertinent circumstances

Sundberg is gathering this information to share with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials who are interested in helping protect the U.S. swine herd from foreign animal disease outbreaks. 
 

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