The 6th One Health Biorisk Management Case-based Learning VOHUN Biorisk Management Virtual Community of Practice Topic: African Swine Fever (ASF) – Case Study focusing on BRM One Health


African Swine Fever (ASF) is a highly contagious hemorrhagic disease of pigs and wild boar, which is characterized by high fever, loss of appetite, haemorrhages in the skin and internal organs, and death in 2-10 days on average. The mortality rates may be as high as 100%. In Viet Nam, the disease was first detected in February 2019 and has spread to all 63 provinces in Vietnam. ASF in Vietnam has led to the death and culling of about 6 million pigs or about 23 percent of the total swine population, pushing prices to record highs.
Taking BRM One-Health approach would certainly raise awareness not only of the ASF seriousness but also the importance of the co-operation and communication between multi sectors and disciplines to better response to the disease infection in community and achieve optimal health of people, animals, and the environment.
Although ASF is not airborne and Non zoonotic, the virus is still easily transmissible in traditional pig farming setups and Biosecurity at farm level remains a key component to reduce and avoid the risk of exposure. In order to discuss ASF in both biosafety and biosecurity aspects as well as the risks of transmission of the disease, Vietnam One Health University Network (VOHUN) in collaboration with U.S. Department of Defense Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) will host the sixth session on September 30th, 2020 at 8:00 PM ICT and 9:00 AM EDT.
Vietnam VOHUN student teams, comprised of both veterinary and medical/public health students will present a case study on ASF from a BRM One Health perspective. The session will include guest panelists from Vietnam and the U.S to answer questions and provide expertise and perspectives on ASF and Biorisk Management concepts. Sandia National Laboratories will provide technical subject expertise on Biorisk Management related to the case study. Please see below with the detailed agenda:



7:00 AM 8:00 PM Welcome Introductions Mr. Christian Cando, DTRA ,

Prof. Dr. Le Thi Huong, VOHUN

SNL Facilitators

7:10 AM 8:10 PM BRM  Shipping of Samples Mr. Eric Cook Sandia National Laboratories
7:30 AM 8:30PM Student Case Presentation

African Swine Fever –  A Case Study from BRM One Health perspective”

– Ho Chi Minh Nong Lam University

– Ho Chi Minh  Medicine and Pharmacy University

7:45 AM 8:45 PM Q&A Panel Discussion


Expert Panelists from Vietnamese government and United States

One Health Students

8:30 AM 9:30 PM Closing Comments VOHUN

What will the session offer?

The aim is to develop a One Health BRM virtual community of practice, that works together on sharing and solving common One Health problems related to the communities.

The session will offer interactive dialogue and knowledge sharing through a ASF case study from BRM One Health Perspective among VOHUN Students Team and One Health community experts. A panel discussion will further explore the issues related to biorisk management for animal health workers and the public that also provides active dialogue about the case study.  During the session, participants will be encouraged to ask relevant questions on the topic, which will be addressed by the panel of experts. Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance during the registration process for the panel discussion.


How to register?

Our monthly series of One Health Biorisk Management case-based learning is offered to all participants at no cost.

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