African Swine Fever Depopulation, Disposal and Disinfection (3D) Workshop in Lviv, Ukraine

ASF

Last week I had the great privilege of participating in a workshop to discuss Depopulation, Disposal, and Disinfection (3D) activities needed to respond to outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Ukraine and its border-neighbors including Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Belarus and Poland.  The workshop was held in Lviv, Ukraine. ASF is a devastating and frequently fatal disease of swine for which currently there is no effective treatment or vaccine.  ASF continues to severely affect farmers, the swine industry, and the regional economies of many countries, including those of Eastern European countries.    The workshop was a collaboration between the United States Department of Agriculture and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Government of Ukraine, and regional stakeholders including private sector agri-business partners.

The workshop agenda included:

  • Animal Disease Outbreak Response Challenges from Country Perspectives;
  • Global Perspectives: Economics, One Health, and Regional Considerations;
  • Depopulation Considerations;
  • Cleaning and Disinfection;
  • Carcass Management Options and Strategies;
  • Carcass Management Implementation; and
  • Roundtable discussion followed by a summary and next steps.

It was great to work Dr. Daniel Beltran Alcrudo with FAO, Dr. Jimmy Tickel with the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases and Ms. Lori Miller with USDA, APHIS.  However, the greatest value came from the opportunity to hear directly from industry and government officials in the region working to control ASF in their countries.

Do you have successful practice that you have used to control, eradicate or prevent ASF?  I love to hear from you!

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Gary Flory is an independent adviser who has consulted, written guidance, conducted research and given presentations to national and international audiences on counter-agroterrorism, emerging infectious diseases, carcass disposal, One Health and foreign animal disease response. Gary was deployed to the Midwest on 5 separate occasions in support of USDA’s efforts to control Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreaks and was a lead author of USDA’s Mortality Composting Protocol for Avian Influenza Infected Flocks. Gary has written for a number of journals including recent articles on counter-agroterrorism, the weaponization of emerging infectious diseases and biosurveillance for the journal Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Warfare. He frequently shares his expertise at conferences and training events across the country and around the globe including recent events in Azerbaijan and Malaysia. Gary participates in a variety of working groups including the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Agricultural Workgroup; Virginia Poultry Disease Taskforce; Animal Health Quadrilateral Meeting of the Emergency Management Task Group & Disposal, Destruction & Disinfection Network; BioWatch Extended Veterinary Network; and the Virginia Catastrophic Livestock Mortality Taskforce. He was recently awarded the Agency Star award by the Governor of Virginia for his community service and leadership on animal disease response and agroterrorism.

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