With African swine fever (ASF) having been detected in more than 50 countries in recent years, risk mitigation in the U.S. has never been more important.

The National Pork Board Chief Veterinarian Dusty Oedekoven recently traveled to the Global Consortium on ASF in Rome to hear insights from world-renowned experts.

Top takeaways from Oedekoven include:
1. Disease mitigation is best in countries with strong financial resources and veterinary infrastructure.
2. ASF spreading among wild pigs is one of the biggest challenges in keeping it out of domestic pig herds.
3. Confusion remains regarding ASF vaccines and development. Pig producers continue to be crucial in mitigating ASF risk in the U.S.

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