France calls for the mobilisation against the african swine fever

According to the guidelines the discovery of a wild boar corpse must be reported immediately to the National Institute of Environmental Research

According to Politico, the arrival of ASF in Western Europe has always been the worst fear for many in the pork industry, in part because it could mean import bans from key non-EU markets.

There is no vaccine for African swine fever and mortality rates can be as high as 100%. France, the neighbour has also stepped up their preventive measures to stop the spread of the infection to their farms. This however was limited to the Eastern nations, Baltic States and Poland and Germany remained the major pork producer without swine fever fears.

Belgian authorities said they were working at various levels of government to prevent the possible spread to pig farms.

Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert called for restrictions on hunting activities and also urged for increasing surveillance of livestock as well as wildlife.

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. The AFSCA and the SPW on Thursday in a joint statement said, "The fight against the disease is not a public health issue but rather it is a challenge for animal health and economic sustainability". "Biosecurity in pig farms is essential and the FASFC ensures that it is permanently properly insured".

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And Denmark - another country closely associated with the pork industry - has even announced plans for a fence along its border with Germany to keep the virus out.

The European Commission said it will deploy a team of experts this weekend to coordinate with Belgian authorities over two case of African swine fever found in Belgium, and the health commissioner will meet regional ministers on Monday.

"We know that ASF can be spread through contaminated human food, so it is important to remain vigilant and discourage all farm workers from discarding human food into fields or areas where pigs or wild boar could get access".

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..."

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