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African Swine Fever – Is it a public health threat?

November 10, 2019


Hi, I’m Dr. Ann Garvey, the state Public Health
Veterinarian from Iowa, and if you’ve been following the news recently, you may have
heard reports about African swine fever in China and in other foreign countries. As a result, you may have questions about
ASF and if it affects you. If that’s the case, I’m here to provide the
facts so that you can be informed. First, I want to make it clear that African
swine fever does not affect humans and there is no way a human can contract ASF. This includes eating pork products. Therefore, African swine fever is not a public
health threat or a food safety concern. African swine fever is an infectious viral
disease that can only be contracted by pigs. It’s a concern because it severely impacts
the health and well-being of pigs and eliminating the spread of disease is challenging. The United States Department of Agriculture
has protocols in place to ensure that sick animals do not enter our food chain. So it’s critical that we understand the disease
and continue to work to prevent it from entering the United States. But rest assured, it’s not a human health
or a food safety concern and the pork that you purchase remains a safe and healthy food
choice.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Mello October 8, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Thanks. I thought i would get the flu

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