Ingelheim, Germany, 17 December 2018 – Boehringer Ingelheim has developed ASF COMBAT (ASF Comprehensive Online Management and Biosecurity Assessment Tool). This tool enables pig producers to evaluate areas for biosecurity improvement on their farms by completing a short questionnaire based on ASF virus scientific literature and practical experience, intended to help reducing the ASF introduction risk level.
ASF is a devastating viral infection of swine causing severe clinical disease and high mortality. The disease cannot be treated and currently no effective vaccines are available. ASF does not affect humans.
On a daily basis, pig farms are facing multiple types of biosecurity risks, but some of them remain unnoticed. If a farm is located in an ASF affected area, the risk of new virus introduction increases but all farms need to be prepared and understand the risks they face. In order to be able to reduce the risk of ASF virus introductions, and increase disease resilience, management and pig flow become even more crucial. With ASF COMBAT, improved biosecurity, pig flow, management and feeding practices are facilitated by highlighting the most important risk areas related to ASF introduction, which the tool evaluates:
The purpose of this easy-to-use tool is to assist in identifying potential areas for improvement, but it is not intended to replace the advice of a veterinarian or health authorities.
“This app is another example of our commitment to focus on prevention and to continue developing as well as offering new innovative solutions and tools to help control swine diseases,” shares Dr. Oliver Gomez-Duran, Head of Technical, Strategic Business Unit Swine.
ASF COMBAT can be accessed online on www.prevent-asf.com or downloaded as an app from Apple Store or Google Play.