Pigs in Okinawa Prefecture in Japan may have been infected with classical swine fever, also known as hog cholera, through leftover food scraps, experts commissioned by the agricultural ministry in Japan said.
To bolster the nation’s defenses against foreign animal diseases, NPPC is urging the House Committee on Homeland Security to approve funding for additional CBP personnel to conduct agricultural inspections.
The toll continues to rise of African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks in South Korea. Three more wild boars were found dead near the border with North Korea, bringing the number of ASF cases to 86 in South Korea.
This month, the VIDO-InterVac facility will begin work with the virus in its Containment Level 3-Agriculture facility in Saskatoon. It is the first non-government facility to work with the virus in Canada.
The Government of Japan wants to add African swine fever to the list of targeted diseases that allows preventative culls of healthy hogs in case of an ASF outbreak, according to the latest USDA FAS GAIN report.
The U.S. House of Representatives approved an additional $19.6 million in funding for more agricultural inspectors at land, air and seaports to prevent ASF and other foreign animal diseases from entering U.S. borders.