Posted 4/12/2019 15:42 (#7435618 - in reply to #7435509) Subject: RE: Smuggled pork
Contaminated feed ingredients seems to be the most likely avenue of initial contamination. But it spread so fast that the “professionals” couldn’t quite get a handle on it, and the feed thing is only still in reality a theory, although a leading one. Feed ingredients might have got it here, but the leading theory amongst the pig producers, was that the trucks hauling hogs, and the hog loaders were spreading it around. Once the proper biosecurity protocols were implemented it pretty well took care of the spread of PED as it was mostly through the transfer of contaminated feces, clothing, objects, or nose to nose contact. A person could watch it spread throughout the hog house from the point of infection, pen by pen.
Four years ago we were hit in our area with the bird flu, and the most likely vector was wild birds, but it spread insanely fast, and spread sometimes ahead of the migration, also it infected flocks that had some pretty rigorous biosecurity, it seemed to have a airborne component.
The concern is that ASF will act like the bird flue