Two cases of African swine fever detected on wild boars in Belgium have been confirmed by the Belgian health authorities, alerted Thursday the French Ministry of Agriculture, calling for "an immediate mobilization to protect (the) farms".
The confirmation of the presence of this virus, which affects only pigs and wild boars, in the town of Etalle, about ten kilometers from France, "constitutes an unprecedented progression of the disease that requires a response to the height significant economic stakes for the French agri-food sector, "said the ministry, stating that there is no vaccine or treatment against this condition.
The French Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Travert, said he had asked for the immediate implementation of an enhanced action plan against African swine fever (ASF) with the prefects of the Ardennes, Meuse, Moselle and the Meurthe-et-Moselle, border departments of Belgium.
The virus affects eight countries in Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania), Russia and China. Another difficulty for farmers, who are already facing a decline in meat sales.