Federal Issue Brief

 Swine Brucellosis and Pseudorabies Proposed Action Plan


Formal Title – Docket Number (APHIS–2010–0086); Notice of Availability of a Swine Brucellosis and Pseudorabies Proposed Action Plan


Brief Description:

With Docket No. APHIS-2010-0086, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is making available for public review and comment its draft proposed action plan describing a potential new approach to managing swine brucellosis (SB) and pseudorabies (PRV).  

Excerpts from the AVMA Response:

The AVMA agrees that feral swine pose SB and PRV disease risks to commercial and transitional production swine herds within the United States and that the current SB and PRV programs do not adequately address the disease risks posed by feral swine.  A noticeable gap in the proposed framework is a lack of plans pertaining to feral swine control.  While controlling feral swine populations is a complex issue that involves multiple agencies, levels, and stakeholders, it should be included in the Action Plan since feral swine are a key threat to the national swine herd and to control of SB and PRV.  The recently announced potential for a national feral swine damage management program within APHIS shows promise in this regard, and if the program is developed, effectively integrating the overlapping components of the program with that of the SB/PRV program could be extremely beneficial.  Furthermore, it is critical to reduce zoonotic risks to public health, such as reducing the risk of brucellosis transmission from infected feral swine to humans.   

Furthermore, the AVMA fully supports scientifically based regulation and/or legislation at federal, state, and local levels that facilitates removal of all feral swine from private and public lands to safeguard and protect animal, human, and ecosystem health as well as such that funds research into scientific methods for control and eradication of the feral swine population.
 
While the transition may be burdensome, the end result of a consolidated Comprehensive National Surveillance Plan for swine seems promising with its enhanced structure that is more streamlined, flexible, and responsive.

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