African Swine Fever: biosecurity measures to set up

What biosecurity measures should be set-up?

There is no vaccine nor any treatment against African Swine Fever virus. The only way to prevent any contamination is to ensure integrality of biosecurity measures.

 

Segregation:

  • Do not introduce in the farm any pork meat product, sandwich, cold or cooked pork meat…..
  • All incoming pigs should pass through quarantine.
  • Physical or virtual barrier should be set up all around the farm and clearly visible.
  • Protect farm entrance for any wild animal especially wild boar.
  • Limit all visits, including those of technicians. During necessary visits, ensure compliance with strict biosecurity rules:
    • Shower
    • Single-use disposable clothing, or clean farm clothing
    • Use of foot bath at each room entrance
    • Respect the forward march
  • Park vehicles on the very edge of the farm, and don’t allow them to come in.
  • Respect the dead zone and carcass storage.

 

Cleaning and disinfection:

  • Spray wheels (the entire circumference), mudguards and underside of trucks with a disinfectant active against ASF virus at low temperature (TH5, TH4+) whenever entering and leaving the farm.
  • Ensure that truck drivers going to farms wear single-use disposable clothing, changed at each farm, then left at the site (overalls, over boots).
  • Order a cleaning with detergent. Detergent (DETERSTORM NF) maximizes disinfectant action and removes organic matter which can reduce disinfectant efficacy. A good foam will permit to see clean areas and maximize contact time between product and organic matter.
  • Use a disinfectant that has proved against the virus causing the African Swine Fever. Care must be taken to apply the right dose of disinfectant, which must be effective at low temperatures (TH5 or TH4+ is effective against ASF virus and stable at low temperatures).

 

 

 

 

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