The "African Swine Fever Manual," compiled by several veterinary experts and initiated by leading global animal health company Boehringer Ingelheim, was published recently by China Agriculture Press, according to an announcement from Boehringer Ingelheim.
At the launch ceremony, Boehringer Ingelheim China donated 500 copies of the new manual to the Jiangsu Provincial Animal Disease Control Center, Hunan Provincial Animal Disease Control Center, Fengning Manchu Autonomous County under Chengde City, in China's Hebei province, as well as local pig farmers.
“The 'African Swine Fever Manual' used to be a technical handbook about the disease. Following China’s African swine fever outbreak in August 2018, Boehringer Ingelheim began to work with experts to review relevant publications and research papers, and with the help of the Chinese Veterinary Medical Assn., it turned the handbook into the new extended manual,” said Xu Hui, publisher of the journal branch with China Agriculture Press. “The manual has been distributed for free to many veterinary technicians and pig farmers, contributing to preventing and curbing the spread of African swine fever in China.”
According to Xu, the writers revised the original handbook by significantly expanding its content, based on further research and proven practices in the prevention and control of African swine fever.
The new manual is now covers etiology, epidemiology, pathogenic mechanism, immune mechanism and diagnostics of African swine fever, as well as some relevant national regulations, the announcement said. It focuses on biosecurity and control protocol as well as successful approaches and experience in controlling and preventing the disease in foreign countries. The manual also provides comprehensive knowledge and guidance with regard to repopulating pigs in farms, Boehringer Ingelheim said.
Huang Lv, director of swine professional veterinary services with Boehringer Ingelheim China, is chief editor of the manual, and Yang Longbo, deputy secretary-general of the Chinese Veterinary Medical Assn., is deputy chief editor.
“Globally, there is no effective vaccine available to prevent African swine fever, so an effective biosecurity protocol is the only tool to reduce the transmission and spread of the disease,” Huang said.