CanSpotASF: Enhanced surveillance to protect the swine sector from the impacts of African Swine Fever.
African swine fever (ASF) can cause severe disease and mortality in swine. ASF is not present in Canada at this time, however outbreaks in other parts of the world and international movement of people and goods increases the risk that the disease could arrive in Canada. If ASF is introduced in any pig in Canada, borders will close, and trade of live pigs and pork products will stop.
The primary goal of CanSpotASF is early detection so that ASF can be quickly contained. This will minimize negative impacts. An overview of CanSpotASF is provided here: CanSpotASF One Page Overview
Risk-based early detection testing at approved laboratories is the first new surveillance tool to be implemented as part of CanSpotASF. It will allow approved laboratories to conduct ASF testing on certain diagnostic cases when requested by a veterinarian or pathologist.
More information for producers can be found here: CanSpotASF Description for Producers
More information for veterinarians can be found here: CanSpotASF Description for Veterinarians
Remember: ASF is a reportable disease, meaning veterinarians, producers, and farm staff are required to contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) immediately if the disease is suspected.