Diagnosis of African swine fever in Belgium
On 14 September 2018, the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) communicated the diagnosis of African Swine Fever (ASF virus) in two boars in the south of the Belgian province of Luxembourg. This region has very few domesticated pigs (the majority of domesticated pigs lives in the Northern part of Belgium). It is a very contagious viral disease that affects only pigs and boars.
It is important to state that the situation is under control and that:
- there is NO risk of contagion for human beings;
- until now, there has NOT been any further spread to domesticated, captive pigs intended for consumption;
- an infected ZONE has been demarcated and the necessary MEASURES have been taken to prevent the virus from spreading;
- the situation is CONSTANTLY BEING MONITORED by all the parties involved.
All the official information about African Swine Fever can be found on the website of the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain.