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Dr. Douglas P. Gladue Co-recipient of Arthur S. Fleming Award


Egg-NewsThe USDA Agricultural Research Service has announced that Dr. Douglas P. Gladue will receive the 2021 Arthur S. Fleming Award.  Dr. Gladue was the lead researcher responsible for the development of an African Swine Fever vaccine at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Plum Island Animal Disease Research Center, located at Orient Point, NY. 



The award recognizes outstanding achievements by federal employees.  Administrator of the ARS, Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, stated “The ability of the ARS to deliver scientific solutions to animal disease and African Swine Fever is strengthened by Dr. Gladue’s brilliant mind and research.”  She added, “We appreciate his commitment to innovation and collaboration and are proud to see his achievements receive the recognition it deserves.”


There are currently no approved commercial vaccines for African Swine Fever, accordingly the candidate product developed by the ARS will be commercialized and made available worldwide.


Egg-NewsAfrican Swine Fever has never been diagnosed in the U.S. but projections suggest if it is introduced to the domestic hog industry from Asia or the Caribbean, control will cost over $14 billion for the first two years and $50 billion over 10 years.


The pork industry in China is only now recovering from the introduction of African Swine Fever in 2019, that esulted in the loss of almost half of the nation’s sow herd within a year. Restoration of domestic supply will reduce imports by China from both Brazil and the U.S.

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