Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a prion disease affecting cervids, was first found in the 1960’s and has since spread to over 20 US states. No cases of human disease have been linked to consuming or handling infected animal products; prion diseases, however, have a notoriously long incubation periods.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) asked for help last week to find an unidentified woman who dropped off two dead bats at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center in St. Paul for rabies testing and left before her information could be collected. Both bats tested positive for rabies.
ASFWatch from the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety features a series of resources related to recent ASF outbreaks, including video and audio podcasts, timelines, maps, fact sheets, infographics, and other timely information.
Although it has not been officially reported to the OIE yet, preliminary reports indicate that ASF has been confirmed in two wild boars near the southern village of Étalle, in the province of Luxembourg, Belgium.
On Sunday September 9th, Japan reported the occurrence of Classical Swine fever, in a farm located at Gifu Prefecture, in the central area of the country. Currently, China is facing an epidemic of African Swine Fever, which is totally unrelated to this event in Japan.
The United States and China, despite rising tariffs, trade heavily with each other. A developed trade partner like China reporting ASF demonstrates the real risk of foreign animal disease incursion to the United States.
Dr. Elizabeth Mumford will join CAHFS for the next event in the Hueston Speaker Series on Thursday, September 6 with a talk titled "Preparing the world to respond to emerging disease: the One Health work of WHO.”
A bat was found by a passerby on a walking pathway between Lake Harriet band shell and Lyndale Park on August 10th. The bat subsequently died 2 days later and was submitted and tested positive for rabies on August 14th.