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31 October 2019 04:34

Airports are involved in the effort since smuggling of pork products in passenger luggage presents a prime threat.

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Efforts to stop African Swine Fever at U.S. airports have been ramped up. So far, they're successful. According to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine the risk of ASF entering this country has nearly doubled in the past year and a half since the swine disease began sweeping Asia. Airports are involved in the effort since smuggling of pork products in passenger luggage presents a prime threat. Attention is being focused at airports in New York and New Jersey, Houston, Los Angeles and San Jose, California which, the study says, make up 90 percent of the risk.

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There's good reason for concern since introduction and spread of the ASF virus could lead to billions of dollars of losses to the swine industry and to food production in general.

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