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STUDY SHOWS WHERE AFRICAN SWINE FEVER IS MOST LIKELY TO ENTER THE U.S.
Source: Nat'l Pork Board news release



With African swine fever (ASF) now in more than 50 countries, the United States remains keenly focused on preventing it from entering the country. The latest efforts to keep it at bay includes a new study that looked at the possibility of ASF virus entering via infected pork smuggled in airline passenger luggage.

We knew that the risk of ASF virus entering the U.S. is certainly a concern from people traveling or in feed-stuffs from infected countries," said Dave Pyburn, DVM, senior vice president of science and technology at the Pork Checkoff. "This study specifically looked at the risks of ASF being introduced through infected pork in travelers' luggage.

The study, funded by the Pork Checkoff and the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC), found that the risk of ASF entering the country is much higher (183.33%) than two years ago when the disease first spread into Western Europe and Asia. The study results also showed that five U.S. airports (see graphic), and especially two of them, pose the most risk for incoming travelers with ASF.


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