The United States is investing $1.7 million US in a partnership to study African Swine Fever in Vietnam.
The virus has spread fast in Vietnam, claiming about half of the pig population either by death to the disease or culling to stop the spread of the virus.
The projects seek to gain insight in five key areas:
1. Identifying pathways for viral entry on farms.
2. Validating use of swine oral fluids to confirm farm or region positive or negative status.
3. Exploring the potential to isolate the virus on one area of a farm to enable other areas to provide pigs free of ASF contamination.
4. Validating cleaning and disinfecting procedures so farms may be repopulated as soon as it is safe.
5. Assessing cross-border risks and risk management of transboundary swine diseases.