African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious viral disease of domestic and feral pigs of all ages. ASF is found in countries around the world, including Africa, Asia and parts of the European Union. It has yet to be found in the United States but it has recently spread to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. If an outbreak of ASF were to occur in the United States, it could have significant trade implications.
US SHIP will establish national standards centered on disease prevention and the ability to demonstrate freedom of disease in the event of an outbreak. In the event of a disease occurrence in the US, participation in the plan will provide a pathway to resume interstate and international trade.
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