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·         APHIS turns attention to swine fever after months of battling avian flu

·         The effects of bird flu ripple through one Iowa county, the hardest hit in the nation



APHIS turns attention to swine fever after months of battling avian flu


Food Safety News by Marler Clark

June 21, 2022


USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is launching new efforts to help prevent the introduction and spread of African swine fever in the U.S. Through an outreach and awareness campaign called “Protect Our Pigs,”


APHIS will support commercial pork producers, veterinarians, and pig owners with information and resources to help safeguard America’s swine population and the pork industry.


While the world swine fever threat has existed all along, APHIS since February has been in a costly battle with avian flu.   With an emergency $793 million transfer from the Commodity Credit Corporation, APHIS has eradicated more than 40 million birds from 372 flocks in 38 states.


African swine fever is a deadly, highly contagious viral disease that affects both domestic and wild pigs. It does not impact human health but quickly spreads between swine populations. People can also unknowingly spread the disease on their clothing, farming equipment, or by transporting uncooked pork products. African swine fever has never been detected in the U.S. but has recently been confirmed in countries as close as the Dominican Republic and Haiti. There is no treatment or effective vaccine for the disease.


“African swine fever is already devastating pork industries and economies around the globe, and if detected in the U.S., it could ravage our swine population, nation’s pork industry, and farming communities,” said USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Jenny Lester Moffitt.


The U.S. is one of the world’s largest pork producers and the second-largest exporter of pork globally. If the disease arrives here, it is estimated it could cost the U.S. $50 billion dollars over 10 years.


Commercial pork producers, veterinarians, and pig owners are among the nation’s first line of defense against African swine fever...


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The effects of bird flu ripple through one Iowa county, the hardest hit in the nation


By Katie Peikes, KCUR Harvest Public Media

via Tri States Public Radio (IL) - June 21, 2022


Colin Johnson has been around turkeys for nearly seven decades. But he went through what he called the most devastating, wasteful livestock experience of his entire life this spring.


All of his turkeys – nearly 40,000 – were killed to contain the fast-spreading bird flu.


“You put your heart and soul into something,” said Johnson, who raises turkeys in the northwest Iowa town of Albert City, “and then instantly it’s gone. You’ll never recover that work.”


Johnson had been required to test his flocks for highly pathogenic avian influenza after two flocks nearby were found positive for the virus.


His turkeys had shown no signs of the disease. He saw no runny beaks, no sudden increase in deaths. But in late March, two tests came back positive in a flock of his that was just five or six weeks old. Per U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, that spelled doom for every turkey he owned.


The bird flu outbreak in the U.S. this year has affected more than 40 million commercial and backyard birds in 36 states, including Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. But no other county in the U.S. has been hit as hard by bird flu this year as northwest Iowa’s Buena Vista County, where nearly 5.5 million commercial chickens and turkeys have died from the disease or been killed to stop its spread... agricultural county, hurting not just producers and their birds, but workers as well...


A ‘double whammy’ ...


Displaced workers get community support ...  


On the mend ... 


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