Luxembourg is stepping up efforts to keep African swine fever (ASF) out of its country’s pig herd by building a 5-mile border fence on its western border. The number of infected wild boars in Belgium has grown to 708 cases, according to the latest data from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
The fence will run along the cycling route to the south of the town of Steinfort, the government announced last Wednesday, according to the Luxembourg Times.
The Luxembourg government’s priority is to prevent the spread of ASF to the pig farming industry. Agriculture minister Romain Schneider and environment minister Carole Dieschbourg reported 131 carcasses have been discovered to date. All tests carried out on these dead wild boars have come back negative.
The government is investigating whether to introduce a "white zone" in the area for a "targeted" cull of boar, the article said.
Wild boar hunting will be allowed to continue throughout the year in the forest located in a surveillance zone, located between two motorways and the French and Belgian borders.
Although the number of infected wild boars has grown in neighboring Belgium, Pig Progress shows that in March, the number of discovered infected carcasses was considerably lower than in February, from 217 infected wild boars found in February to only 83 in March.
African swine fever is not a human health risk. It is highly transmissible among domestic and wild pigs, but it is not harmful to humans.