Boehringer Ingelheim launches ASF manual

The African Swine Fever Manual, compiled by several veterinary experts, and initiated by the world’s leading animal health company Boehringer Ingelheim, has been published by China Agriculture Press.

At the launch ceremony, Boehringer Ingelheim China donated 500 copies of the new manual to Jiangsu Provincial Animal Disease Control Center, Hunan Provincial Animal Disease Control Center, Fengning Manchu Autonomous County under Chengde City, Hebei Province, as well as local pig farmers.

Xu Hui, publisher of the journal branch with China Agriculture Press, said: “The African Swine Fever Manual used to be a technical handbook about the disease. Following the 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 Association, it turned the handbook into the new extended manual.

“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.”

Huang Lv, director of swine professional veterinary services at Boehringer Ingelheim China, is the chief editor of the manual, and Yang Longbo, deputy secretary-general of the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association, is deputy chief editor. The editorial committee has more than a dozen members, all experts from Boehringer Ingelheim and the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association.

Huang Lv said: “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.”

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