Establishing a blueprint for the future . . .
As Asian pig producers struggle to avoid African Swine Fever and eventually repopulate their farms it is becoming clear that veterinary knowledge alone is not enough to control African Swine Fever. Understanding local sociocultural, economic and political dimensions is equally important.
To help the pig industry navigate through this turmoil, Asian Pork Magazine is organising a conference in Singapore at the Hilton Singapore on 22-23 April 2020 involving 16 experts, 20 presentations and four discussion panels. This event will replace the Pig Feed Quality Conference in 2020.
‘Living with African Swine Fever – Blueprint for the Future’ will update the industry on the latest global technical knowledge and importantly, will examine the ‘hardware’ of biosecurity – the quality of buildings, fences, equipment, roads, gates, etc – and also the ‘software’ of biosecurity – the mindset of procedures relating to human activities, hygiene regime, education of personnel, and the development of biosecurity and related farming protocols to suit specific condition.
For example, a pig farm with excellent biosecurity hardware (proper buildings, fences, hygiene barriers, personal equipment for visitors) can still become ASF-infected if people do not follow the stipulated procedures, and vice versa.
“The major challenge in achieving control of ASF is now not necessarily technical but relates to the specific needs and circumstances of pig producers, traders, pork consumers, landowners, hunters and other forest users in affected areas. Control options fully adapted to the local context and highly accepted by the end users are required. Thus, it becomes crucial to include social science when planning prevention, control, or eradication measures. By considering only the biological particularities of the disease: contagiousity, tenacity and case fatality rate, but ignoring the human aspects, the epidemic will not be controlled,” claim Erika Chenais, Klaus Depner, Vittorio Guberti, Klaas Dietze, Arvo Viltrop & Karl Ståhl in Porcine Health Management.
‘Living with African Swine Fever – Blueprint for the Future’ will bring together a team of unequalled experts led by three people at the very forefront of the struggle to control ASF and establish the supply of pork in the region: Klaus Depner, Juergen Richt and Khampee Kortheerakul.
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Head of the International Animal Health Team, Institute of Epidemiology, Friedrich-Loeffler Institut, Germany
After graduating in Veterinary Science at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Dr Depner spent four years in Namibia including as head of the virology laboratory at the Central Veterinary Laboratory in Windhoek where he first came in contact with African Swine Fever.
On returning to Germany he worked as a senior scientist at the European Reference Laboratory for Classical Swine Fever, which was part of the Institute of Virology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover.
In 1998 he became head of the German National Reference Laboratory for CSF and ASF at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI). The FLI is the German federal research institute for animal diseases dealing with basic and applied research and epidemiology as well as housing all reference laboratories for notifiable diseases.
In 2007 on secondment to the FAO, he was involved in the first epidemiological investigations for ASF in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan as the disease entered Europe.
From 2008 until 2010 he was a legislative officer in the area of animal health and zootechnics in Brussels at the European Commission (DG-SANCO) assuming responsibility for notifiable pig diseases.
In 2010 he returned to the FLI as a member and later the head of the International Animal Health Team within the Institute of Epidemiology.
In recent years he has conducted field investigations for ASF in the affected countries within and outside EU and participated at EU level in the development of ASF control and eradication programs.
Juergen A. Richt
Regents Distinguished Professor, Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology; Director, US Department of Homeland Security Emeritus Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, Kansas State University, USA
Dr Richt came to Kansas State University in 2008 as The Regents Distinguished Professor and Kansas Bioscience Eminent Scholar. In 2010, he became Director of the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases.
He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Munich and PhD in Virology and Immunology from the University of Giessen, both in Germany.
After coming to the United States in 1989, he studied at The Johns Hopkins University and later served as a Veterinary Medical Officer at the National Animal Disease Center (USDA) in Ames, Iowa.
Dr Richt is a pioneer in veterinary science, most notably in the ‘One Health’ field. His work on high consequence pathogens with zoonotic and transboundary potential led to strategies to identify, control and/or eradicate such agents. His basic and applied research includes studies on animal influenza viruses, animal prion diseases including bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Rift Valley Fever virus, African Swine fever virus, Vesicular Stomatitis Virus), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus and Borna Disease virus.
Dr Richt established the first reverse genetics system for swine influenza virus (SIV) and made seminal contributions to the development of modified live SIV vaccines and to understanding the virulence of the reconstructed 1918 ‘Spanish Flu’ virus in livestock.
For African Swine Fever, he is developing subunit and modified live virus vaccine candidates to protect swine from this devastating disease.
Independent swine veterinary consultant, Thailand
Upon graduating with a degree in veterinary medicine from Chulalongkorn University in 1980 Dr Khampee worked at Chulalongkorn for ten years as instructor-researcher in the area of swine medicine and clinical practice for fifth and final year veterinary students. He was appointed Assistant Professor in Veterinary Medicine in 1986 and in Swine Expertise in 1987.
In 1998 he joined Novartis Animal Health as Regional Swine Expert covering Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan and China. During this period, he conducted field trials to test products and researched emerging diseases in the region.
Since 2004 Dr Khampee has worked as an independent veterinary and production consultant covering Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines and China.
Recent publications have included: Evidence of PCV2, PRRSV and CSFV in suckling and nursery pigs from farms with PMWS; The outbreak of HP-PRRS in Thailand 2010 from small holders to farming system; and Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus.
He has lectured at Chulalongkorn, Sukhothaithammathirach, Konkaen, Chengmei, Mahidol, and Mahasarakarm universities.
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