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Iowa farmers prepare for possible outbreak of African Swine Fever

Tuesday, nearly a dozen farmers gathered at the Sioux County Extension Center in Orange City, Iowa, to discuss strategies that can be used to protect their herd.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - Iowa farmers prepare for a possible outbreak of African Swine Fever.

Many countries such as China, South Korea, and Australia have already been affected by the disease.

Tuesday, nearly a dozen farmers gathered at the Sioux County Extension Center in Orange City, Iowa, to discuss strategies that can be used to protect their herd.

According to the Iowa Pork Industry Center, at least 25 percent of the world pork supply will be gone by the end of the year.

The disease can be spread through ticks, direct contact with an infected animal, or contaminated clothing.

A Swine Program Specialist with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach says the disease can be transmitted by feed imported from China, which creates concern.

"That's why we are working on it here, trying to get ahead of the game. The other thing that happens if we do get the virus here, and have a heard then we have to try to eradicate the disease, and so there's all kinds of steps" said David Stender, Iowa State Univerisity Extension and Outreach Swine Program Specialist.

Stender adds that it's important for people to remember that it is strictly a pig disease, not a people disease and that it can not be transmitted by eating infected pork.

Xava Parra

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