What are we doing to prevent African swine fever from infecting Canadian pigs?

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has measures in place and it is actively monitoring the global situation.

Measures:

  • Import restrictions and border control of products brought in by international travellers are in place to minimize the chances of introducing the virus into Canada.

  • Coordination with the Canadian Border Services Agency for border inspections.

  • Continuous risk assessment of countries from which Canada imports.

  • Working with the EU to monitor the situation in affected countries and update import controls as needed.

  • Work is underway to establish harmonized diagnostic testing for ASF with the US and Mexico.

  • CFIA is encouraging enhanced biosecurity measures including recommendations for travellers.

  • Discussing with the provincial Chief Veterinary Officers and CFIA’s American counterparts.

ACTIONS UNDERTAKEN BY THE CANADIAN PORK COUNCIL

Please click here to access the audio recording of the town hall meeting addressing African swine fever held September 19, 2018. For more information about the town hall and what was discussed, please click here.

WHAT CANADIAN PORK PRODUCERS CAN DO

There is no effective vaccine or treatment for ASF. The best strategy against ASF is preventing the entry of the virus into Canada.

  • When visiting other countries, do not bring back any meat products into Canada (this is illegal, except for cooked canned products).  Wash all clothing and footwear immediately after use in other countries. Do not feed swine any human food waste.

  • Routinely evaluate biosecurity protocols with farm staff and visitors:  Ensure that temporary foreign workers, farm staff and visitors have not had contact with swine in other countries where ASF infections have been detected.

If you suspect your herd is sick:

  • Contact your herd veterinarian immediately if you see any clinical signs in pigs on your farm that could be associated with ASF infection.

  • Stop all pig movements. Never move, sell or send to livestock auctions/yards sick or compromised pigs from your farm. This will prevent further spread of infections.

  • Implement a self-quarantine on all animals, feed and equipment until you know the cause of the illness.

People who visit farms should familiarize themselves with farm biosecurity by clicking here.