Belgium records first cases of African swine fever

Belgium has confirmed a small outbreak of African swine fever near the border with France, marking the arrival of the disease in western Europe.

Belgium’s department of agriculture and fisheries confirmed in a statement that two cases of African swine fever had been found in wild boar in the municipality of Etalle.

The department stressed that the disease does not affect humans but said officials were working to “prevent the spread of the virus through wild boar…and to pig farms”.

“Belgium is still free from the disease in terms of pig farms,” it said.

African swine fever causes haemorrhages in pigs and is usually fatal, with the most severe strains of the disease known to kill nearly 100% of those infected.

There is no cure for the disease, meaning that infected pigs must be…

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