Monday, 24 September, 2018

Europe reacts after Belgium confirms ASF in wild boars

According to the guidelines the discovery of a wild boar corpse must be reported immediately to the National Institute of Environmental Research African swine fever reaches western Europe in blow to EU pork exports
Samantha Long | 16 September, 2018, 17:00

In the aftermath, the swine breeders had also sounded the alarm a week ago on the risks of spread in France and Western Europe of the virus, which affects eight countries in eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania), Russia and China.

The fight against the disease is not a public health issue but an animal and economic health issue.

Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert asked that some activities such as hunting be restricted and called for enhanced surveillance of livestock and wildlife in four administrative departments (counties) bordering Belgium. She added that the Commission was in close contact with Belgian officials. The ministry said earlier this month that the situation was generally under control.

"The latest contaminations in Europe could be the outcome of introducing leftover food left behind by travelers from infected areas".

However, authorities have stated that the likelihood of wild boars infected with the virus in China entering national borders and spreading the disease in South Korea was minimal.

It added: "Biosecurity in pig farms is essential and the FASFC ensures that it is permanently properly insured".

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The outbreak has caused alarm in neighbouring France, with the ministry of agriculture issuing a statement saying it represents "a new progression of the disease..."

The task force held a meeting to create guidelines that could help hunters and local municipalities better cope with the situation in case the virus makes its way into South Korea.

13 on protective measures following reports that African swine fever (ASF) had been detected in wild boars in Belgium near the French border, according to a Reuters report. Strict prevention and control measures are defined at European and national level.

Mandy Nevel, veterinary manager with Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) which offers support to Britain's food producers, said: "It is extremely concerning that African Swine Fever has been identified in Belgium".

African swine fever, non-infectious for humans, "are passed from one animal to another but can also be disseminated by movements of vehicles, people coming from infected areas or through food", he said.

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