Swine fever meeting winds up

The Chief Veterinary Officers for Canada and the US led the discussions

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About 150 delegates from 15 countries wound up two days of meetings in Ottawa this week to discuss the threats from African Swine Fever.

The discussions were around four themes:

  • Preparedness planning;
  • Enhanced biosecurity;
  • Ensuring business continuity, and;
  • Coordinated risk communications

The Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) for Canada, Dr. Jaspinder Komal, and the CVO for the United States, Dr. Jack Shere, led the discussions.

China and Eastern Europe have not been able to get complete control of the deadly and highly infectious disease.

The main threat in Europe comes from the wild boar population while in China the disease has wiped out about seven per cent of the pig population.

China has more pigs than any other country in the world.