From the east of Europe the African Swine Fever is expanding. Wild boars play an important role in this.
Depending on the pathogenicity of the virus, 30% to 100% of the infected animals die. Pigs can survive the acute phase and appear to have recovered, only to become long-term carriers of the virus. Therefor the virus is considered as a BSL 3 pathogen.
Preventing an outbreak
The Dutch authorities are taking measures to prevent an outbreak. Wageningen Bioveterinary Research coordinates the national monitoring program for wild boar and all laboratory tests are done in our High Containment facilitates.
In the event of suspected cases of African Swine Fever, Wageningen Bioveterinary Research will test samples immediately, and 24/7 by order of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).