National Pork Board helps fund African Swine Fever research

The U.S. is currently free of African Swine Fever, but researchers are learning all they can so they are prepared just in case.

The National Pork Board is helping fund several projects with the Swine Health Information Center and the Foreign Ag Service totaling about $2 million dollars.

One area hit hard by ASF is Vietnam, where they are doing the same thing, trying to find a vaccine or a treatment.

“We’re trying to get a better understanding of the ASF survival in pig manure, and we’re looking at the accuracy of tests for ASF antibody detection,” National Pork Board’s Dr. Pam Zaabel said. “We’d like to know how those work and how those could be used in an ASF surveillance and response program here in the United States, if the virus made its way here.”