July 24, 2020


US National Pork Boardfunds new ASF research in Vietnam


The US National Pork Board has approved three projects on African swine fever (ASF) in Vietnam, which continues to battle the disease, for a total of US$362,555, Farm Journal's Pork reported.

The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on helping the Asian country solve its ASF issues while gaining insights into how to improve US preparedness. This move by the National Pork Board was taken after SHIC received overwhelming response to its request for research proposals that went beyond its funding capability.

The three projects are:Evaluation of the performance of ELISA for ASF-antibodies detection and its potential use in the U.S. swine industry, University of Minnesota; Investigating methods for decontamination of interior surfaces (cabs) of transportation vehicles, Kansas State University; African swine fever virus inactivation in compost and persistence of ASF virus in swine slurry research in Vietnam, University of Maine.

"We are excited to be working with colleagues here and abroad to learn more about how to be better prepared to prevent and respond to ASF," said Dave Pyburn, chief veterinarian for the National Pork Board. "This research opportunity creates somewhat of a field laboratory for us to learn as we assist the Vietnamese."