Where are the outbreaks of African Swine Fever taking place around the globe? What are the perspectives for various countries? And how often in history did the ASF virus cross the Atlantic?
Quite a challenging task was put onto my shoulders when I was invited to give a presentation in the online SowBridge series this July – to explain where we stand with ASF outbreaks around the globe.
The SowBridge series is a US educational programme for swine producers. Its goal is to increase productivity and understanding of important topics in the swine industry to date. The programme has been running since 2007. Every month, a different topic is addressed, often by well-known names in the swine industry.
In the presentation, broadcast live on July 20, 2022, I addressed the questions mentioned above by looking at the ASF situation per continent as per that date. When preparing it, I found it once more remarkable how the dynamics vary per country and continent. In some countries, it really is a problem of wild boar being infected. In others, domestic pigs appear to be the main victims.
Other questions addressed include: how did the Czech Republic and Belgium manage to be the only countries in recent years to overcome an ASF outbreak? And what is Germany trying to do to stop the virus from harming the country’s industry for much longer? Why is it so important to closely monitor the ASF situation in the Caribbean?
The presentation of about 35 minutes can be viewed back for the coming months on this website.