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map of states who participated in the african swine fever exercise
Fifteen states participated in the ASF Exercises. Map courtesy of the US Dept. of Ag.

OADDL Participates in the USDA African Swine Fever (ASF) Preparedness
Exercise

Last month, Oklahoma and 13 other top swine producing states participated in the fourth and final ASF exercise conducted by the USDA. The planning exercises which began last winter laid the ground work for the last series of functional exercises and drills.

This simulation exercise walked the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (OADDL) and other state agencies through various scenarios to help evaluate current ASF preparedness plans and identify gaps.

The African swine fever virus (ASFV) was first discovered in Kenya in 1921 and remained restricted to Africa until 1957. Currently, the virus has been reported in wild and domestic pigs in regions of Asia, Europe and Africa but has never been detected in the United States. According to Dr. Rod Hall, Oklahoma State Veterinarian, “ASF is a highly contagious and deadly viral disease affecting both domestic and wild pigs of all ages. However, it is not a threat to human health, is not a food safety issue and cannot be transmitted
from pigs to humans.”

The OADDL is one of 37 labs in the U.S. approved by the National Animal Health Network (NAHLN) to perform diagnostic testing for ASF in a Foreign Animal Disease Investigation (FADI) situation.

Avian Influenza

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) continues to infect and threaten commercial and backyard poultry in the United States. Most poultry species are susceptible to infection. The prompt diagnosis of HPAI is the critical first step in containing this devastating disease. The Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (OADDL) works closely with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) to test birds for HPAI. OADDL is approved by the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) to perform testing for HPAI.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has posted the following information to assist poultry owners and producers in dealing with suspected HPAI cases:

Virulent Newcastle Disease

Virulent Newcastle Disease (vND), formerly known as Exotic Newcastle Disease, is a contagious and fatal viral disease affecting the respiratory, nervous and digestive systems of birds and poultry. The disease is so virulent that many birds and poultry die without showing any clinical signs.

Learn about confirmed cases and what you can do.

Cytauxzoonosis in Cats

cat

Cytauxzoonosis is an acute, frequently fatal disease in cats caused by the red blood cell parasite, Cytauxzoon felis.

Read about Cytauxzoonosis in Cats.