China says battling swine fever is "complex and challenging"

African swine fever reaches western Europe in blow to EU pork exports

Last month, Romania saw its worst outbreak since World War II, and had to cull over 120,000 pigs.

Denmark has planned to build fences along Germany borders to prevent entry of African swine fever.

The agriculture ministry said an inspection team would be formed to patrol major provinces that could be under threat from the disease.

Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert is asking for restrictions on some activities such as hunting and has called for enhanced surveillance of livestock and wildlife in four administrative regions which border Belgium.

The plan also includes the strengthening of biosecurity measures to prevent the introduction of the virus into pig farms and slaughterhouse surveillance measures. She added that the Commission was in close contact with Belgian officials. Dutch agriculture minister Carola Schouten said: 'This is a serious situation for Belgium.

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"The latest contaminations in Europe could be the outcome of introducing leftover food left behind by travelers from infected areas".

"The fight against the disease is not a public health issue" because it is not contagious for humans, "but rather it is a challenge for animal health and economic sustainability", said Afsca and the SPW on Thursday in a joint statement. Strict prevention and control measures are defined at European and national level.

A statement read: "The Food Agency, the national reference laboratory Sciensano and the Walloon Region met on September 13 in an emergency meeting to identify the measures to be adopted in a coordinated way in Belgium following the confirmation of two cases of wild boar contaminated by the virus responsible for the disease known as African Swine Fever". The virus quickly spread across Eastern Europe, where food safety authorities have struggled to contain the disease.

Belgium has confirmed an outbreak of African swine fever, marking a further spread of the disease that has hit farms in Eastern Europe and China and which could now threaten Western Europe's large pig industry.

The virus is spread only by species of animals belonging to the wild boar category.

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