After being absent in Belgium for over 3 decades, African Swine Fever (ASF) reappeared in our country on the 13th of September 2018 in wild boar in the municipality of Etalle (most southern part of Belgium). Adequate measures for management of wild boar and domestic pigs have immediately been put in place by the competent authorities through the establishment of a double zoning (an inner high-risk zone surrounded by a buffer zone). Furthermore, adequate measures are also being taken for the whole of Belgium.
The established partnership between the Federal andRegional authorities and other concerned stakeholders, has been very effective as the virus has so far been contained within the inner high-risk zone. Furthermore, up till this day, there are no outbreaks in domestic and in captive wild pigs in Belgium. (OIE official attestation: self-declaration "free status of ASF for domestic and wild pigs kept in captivity", attestation of the CVO can be finded via the link)
Since the onset of the disease, the main focus is the prevention of further dissemination of the virus within the wild boar population and the possible transmission to the domestic pig population.
The ultimate goal is to achieve as soon as possible with all possible means the total eradication of African Swine Fever and to regain the ASF free-status of Belgium.
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