Sleeping with the enemy: Maintaining ASF-free farms in affected areas

Huybert Groenendaal, Solenne Costard, Francisco J. Zagmutt, Andres M. Perez

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African Swine Fever (ASF) continues to spread worldwide, with very limited eradication success in countries where the disease affects domestic pig populations. Various biosecurity tools exist to reduce the on-farm risk incursion of ASF and other diseases. However, their focus on overall biosecurity scores and benchmarking results in recommendations that are not always cost-effective. We propose to apply a risk analysis approach that actively involves farmers and farmworkers in identifying their weakest links in biosecurity and corresponding mitigation efforts. Furthermore, the approach's focus on describing and understanding pathways of introduction and/or spread specific to individual farms creates buy-in from producers for investing in biosecurity measures and improving compliance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number935350
JournalFrontiers in Veterinary Science
StatePublished - Sep 13 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Section 108 Foreign currency program [Federal Award Identification number 108-2019-05] from the USDA FAS.

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2022 Groenendaal, Costard, Zagmutt and Perez.


  • African Swine Fever
  • biosecurity
  • control
  • epidemiology
  • risk analysis

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  • Journal Article


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