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USDA-FAS to Support African Swine Fever Study in Vietnam


The USDA Foreign Animal Service Division will provide a $1.7 million grant to the Swine Health Information Center to study the epidemiology and diagnosis of African swine fever in Vietnam.  The objectives of the study will be to determine how a virus enters farms, to develop diagnostic procedures, investigate and validate decontamination of premises following outbreaks of ASF and assess the significance of trans-boundary transmission of swine diseases.


Effectively the project will enable U.S. researchers to gain experience of ASF in a nation where the infection has probably become endemic.  Lesson learned could be applied to preventive programs in the U.S. which is yet unaffected by ASF.  A secondary benefit from the project will be to establish a working relationship with veterinary authorities in Vietnam and to assist in the control of the infection.  The executive director of the Swine Health Information Center, Dr. Paul Sundberg stated, “the Swine Health Information Center looks forward to fulfilling the responsibilities of this grant from USDA and in the process deliver value to U.S. producers for the benefit of national herd health.”


The president of the National Pork Producers Council David Herring commented, “With ASF spreading throughout Asia this project will represent an important tool to further open both communication and markets between our regions.”

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