African Swine Fever Vaccine Could Take 10-20 Years to Develop

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African Swine fever is spreading to more provinces of Vietnam. American producers remain on high alert since there is not a vaccine developed yet to stop the disease.
( Kristin Whitworth, University of Missouri )

African Swine fever is spreading to more provinces of Vietnam.

According to Reuters, ASF has been discovered in two more provinces. This was after the disease first showed up at farms in two additional provinces in the country earlier in February. African Swine Fever has been rapidly spreading throughout China in hog herds since August.

American producers remain on high alert since there is not a vaccine developed yet to stop the disease.

“The folks at USDA and Plum Island tell me they think [the vaccine] is a decade away,” said Liz Wagstrom, the Chief Veterinarian with the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). “We hear from the EU (European Union) it may take 20 years.”

Wagstrom says there is a foot and mouth disease vaccine developed which is in the farm bill. However, it won't protect against ASF in hog herds because it’s a different disease.

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