Swine flu reaches Europe as Belgium records first cases | News | DW


Belgium confirmed on Friday that African swine fever had reached western Europe after two boars died in the Etalle region near the French border. The disease has already struck farms in eastern Europe and China. While it is harmless to humans, it could have catastrophic effects for Europe’s large pork industry.

In the eastern Europe, cases have been doubling every year since 2015, wrecking havoc on pig farms. Last month, Romania saw its worst outbreak since World War II, and had to cull over 120,000 pigs.

The EU health commissioner has called for a meeting with Belgian authorities on…



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