ASF: UK at risk from imported pork, APHA says
African swine fever (ASF) could enter the UK through contaminated pork or pork products imported from Asia, the APHA has warned.
Media reports suggest several countries have seized infected pork or pork products at their borders and there are regular direct flights to the UK from China and the EU, prompting concerns about products being brought back in passenger luggage.
The potential role of soft ticks as a vector for the disease has also increased, with spread to areas of South East Asia where they are endemic.
ASF outbreaks have now been reported in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mongolia, Hong Kong and North Korea.
As well as direct routes, APHA said contaminated animal feed ingredients and fomites are potential pathways for ASF transmission. These factors are suspected of playing a part in China, where 142 outbreaks had been reported as of 4 June.
APHA said the UK’s risk level remains at medium, but the situation is being kept under review.