The Belgian Authorities have reported two cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) in wild boar in the Luxembourg region, close to the border with France.

According to the two disease reports, this involved four wild boar altogether, and samples were tested by PCR.

Three of the adult wild boar found dead were in a state of decomposition; the third animal was a young weakened animal which was shot dead.

This marks the first identification of ASF in wild boar or domestic pigs in Western Europe in several years.

The source of virus incursion has not been confirmed, and investigations are continuing.

The European Commission has confirmed that interim protective measures under 2002/60/EC Article 15 are in place, delineated by the border with Luxembourg and France, but further measures will be discussed at the Standing Committee on Plant, Animals, Food and Feed meeting.