CANADA, St. Hyacinthe, Quebec. Chief veterinary officers representing the United States, Canada and Mexico have laid the groundwork for a new North American-specific strategy to prevent an outbreak of African Swine Fever.
The announcement came following the 18th North American Animal Health Committee Meeting (NAAHC) attended by Dr. Jaspinder Komal, Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada, Dr. Burke Healey, Chief Veterinary Officer for the United States, and by Dr. Juan Gay Gutierrez, Chief Veterinary Officer for Mexico. The NAAHC meets to review and plan coordinated activities around animal health.
The meeting this year featured a special session on ASF prevention and preparedness.
“Recent events demonstrate that ASF is an international disease that knows no borders and can move rapidly from one country to the next,” Komal said in a statement. “As such, it requires a coordinated, international response to ensure our collective readiness for ASF. “We have emerged from these meetings with the foundation for a new North American-specific strategy on ASF,” he added. “The strategy will help guide ASF-related coordination and cooperation between Canada, Mexico and the United States in our communications, prevention, preparedness and response activities.”
Komal said next steps include the formation of a North American ASF working group to consist of government and industry representatives from North America. The Mexican delegation announced that they would be hosting a North American ASF Forum in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, on 22-23 October, 2019.