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BOAH and IN Pork to Hold Meeting About African Swine Fever Preparedness

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The Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) and Indiana Pork are co-hosting a meeting for pork producers to discuss emergency preparedness for high-consequence disease events. The meeting will focus on what producers, especially those with multiple production sites or working within a production system, need to know in the context of African swine fever continuing to spread throughout China. It will be held on Sept. 4 from 1pm-3pm in the Main Floor Conference Room at Indiana Pork, 8425 Keystone Crossing; Indianapolis, IN 46240.

The 2016 highly pathogenic avian influenza event revealed key steps producers can take to prepare for a highly devastating disease. During the meeting, BOAH veterinarians will adapt those lessons learned to the pork industry and answer your key questions.

Key decision-makers for integrators and producers with multiple hog sites should benefit from attending in-person. Those who cannot attend the meeting personally are invited to join the conversation remotely via a webinar, by phone, or Facebook Live.

The meeting will include opening remarks from Indiana Pork Executive Director Josh Trenary and Indiana State Veterinarian Dr. Bret D. Marsh. There will then be a presentation from Director for Disease Preparedness for BOAH Dr. Maria Cooper entitled, “Practical Preparedness”. It will conclude with a Q&A session with BOAH Swine Health Programs Director Dr. Kelli Werling and the BOAH team.

If you are unable to attend the event in person, the meeting will be streamed via the BOAH FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/INBOAH.

About African Swine Fever

ASF is continuing to spread throughout China–the world’s largest pork producer–which poses a growing threat to the U.S. swine population.

ASF is a highly contagious and usually fatal virus that affects only hogs. Clinical signs vary, including high fever, decreased appetite and weakness. Skin may be reddened, blotchy, or have blackened lesions. Infected pigs may exhibit diarrhea, vomiting, coughing, and/or difficulty breathing. Pregnant sows may abort. Death generally happens 7 days to 10 days after onset of clinical signs; however, sudden death can occur in newly exposed herds. Animals that recover can carry and shed the virus for several months. No vaccine is available. ASF does not impact food safety or human health.

Source: Indiana State Board of Animal Health