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African swine fever – What You Need to Know

Sep 16, 2019

Video: African swine fever – What You Need to Know

African swine fever is spreading through China and other countries. U.S. pork is not affected by the outbreaks of African swine fever in other countries. African swine fever virus is a highly contagious viral disease impacting only pigs and not people – so it is not a public threat or food-safety concern. ASF cannot be transmitted to humans through contact with pigs or pork. Members of the pig family, including domestic wild pigs, are the only animals susceptible to the ASF virus. Pork products from animals with African swine fever are safe to eat, however it is important to note that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has measures in place to prevent sick animals from entering the food supply. As always, you should follow safe handling and cooking instructions to protect your family’s health.