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The ongoing spread of African swine fever has experts concerned about the long-term damage it could cause to agriculture. Preparations are being made in the event the spread becomes a full-fledged outbreak. African swine fever was first detected in Kenya in 1921. The disease is spread among pigs by direct transmission through bodily fluids or by consuming contaminated meat discarded by humans.
Under the new farm bill, USDA will be able to use $150 million over the next five years to prepare for a foreign animal disease outbreak.