An occurrence of a foreign animal disease such as Classical Swine Fever (Hog Cholera), African Swine Fever or Foot-and-Mouth Disease in U.S. swine herds would devastate the pork industry. Besides being accidentally introduced into the country, these diseases may also be intentionally introduced by parties unfriendly to U.S. agriculture. A foreign animal disease left undetected and unaddressed could halt all exports; driving prices down by 40-50% . The sooner a foreign animal disease is detected and controlled, the sooner pork prices would resume to normal levels. Good security and biosecurity practices are critical for protecting your farm from a foreign animal disease.

Travelers Outreach Program
This page provides information on the agricultural safeguards that are in place when people are traveling internationally.  If you have forgotten to declare an agricultural item please go to the Submission form and let us know what item you forgot to declare.

Don’t Pack a Pest

Are You Hosting International Visitors to Your Farm?

This short guide provides information on biosecurity precautions when hosting international visitors and precautions for producers to take when visiting farms in other countries.
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Links pertaining to foreign animal diseases



Animal Plant Health Inspection Service- Foreign Animal Diseases
 This site contains vast information on African Swine Fever and Foot and Mouth disease.  It also has some educational videos on the diseases for producers to view.




The Center for Food Security and Public Health- Center for Disease Control
This site focuses on veterinary medicine and zoonotic diseases. There is good information on Classical Swine Fever and Foot and Mouth Disease. This site also deals with preparedness for bioterrorism, disease outbreak investigation, and other public health emergencies.

Foot and Mouth Disease Cross-Species Communication Team
Learn how you can protect your livestock from a FMD outbreak by planning ahead. Also learn how FMD is not a public health concern but could threaten the U.S. economy.

United States Animal Health Association Emerging Diseases Committee
The aim of this site is present meeting minutes, members, committee information, and news on Foreign and Emerging Disease issues in the U.S.