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The summer is over and as the seasonal peak in overseas travel declines, it is easy to think that the associated risk of inadvertent importation of exotic diseases such as African swine fever (ASF) falls away with it.
But this is no time to become complacent. Only this week, the National Pig Association called for Defra and the UK port authorities to take a more robust approach to keeping ASF out of the country and its call is certainly not misplaced. The APHA’s recent disease surveillance report (VR, 7 September 2019, vol 185, pp 259–260) warned that the summer had been ‘a critical time’ for the spread of ASF virus throughout Europe and into other regions through ‘human-mediated routes’. It reported increasing numbers of outbreaks in several European countries, as well as …
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