African swine fever hits Belgium
AFRICAN SWINE fever (ASF), a highly contagious and often fatal virus that affects pigs and wild boar, has been identified in Belgium.
The main clinical signs are fever, loss of appetite, lack of energy and/or sudden death with few signs beforehand. ASF can be spread by pigs eating contaminated meat or meat products, contact with infected pigs or their faeces or body fluids, contact with anything contaminated with the virus, including people and their clothing, or vehicles and other equipment.
All pig keepers are being urged have a contingency plan in place and to ensure that their biosecurity is tight. ASF is a notifiable animal disease. If you suspect it, you must report it immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline, tel: 03000 200 301. Failure to report ASF is an offence.