Backgrounders on African swine fever and classical swine fever are now available by visiting the AVMA Web site, www.avma.org/kb/resources/backgrounders.
The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) classifies ASF and CSF as notifiable diseases because of their potential for rapid spread and substantial impact on the international trade of animals and animal products. In accord with the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness Response Act of 2002, the Department of Agriculture has recognized ASF and CSF as diseases that could pose severe threats to animal health and animal products in the United States.
In addition to the new backgrounders, the AVMA has updated the monkeypox backgrounder. Information learned since the 2003 outbreak, which included 72 suspected cases of human monkeypox infection, can be found in the backgrounder, along with information on the use of the disease as a biological weapon.
All three backgrounders include information on each disease's causative agent, natural distribution, transmission, clinical signs, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and infection control.