HOENDERLOO – African swine fever progresses further towards the Netherlands. Meanwhile, the virus was also found in Belgium. The De Hoge Veluwe National Park therefore takes measures.
African swine fever is a contagious viral disease that can occur at & # 39; normal & # 39; domestic swine and other pigs, including wild pigs occurring in the Netherlands. The disease comes from Africa, but since 2007 it has also been found in Russia, Ukraine and Poland. Since 2014, the virus has emerged in several Western European countries. In September 2018 he made a big step and he was discovered in Belgium. The clinical picture of African swine fever is very similar to that of classical swine fever: fever, non-life pigs, lack of appetite, inflammation of the mucous membrane, red skin, (bloody) diarrhea and vomiting. Animals can die. The disease is not dangerous to humans.
The De Hoge Veluwe National Park has now decided to immediately close its swine port and thus prevent infected pigs from entering the park. The director of park operations, Jakob Leidschekker, explains: "One way of transmitting the virus is from pigs to pigs. We want to counteract as far as possible now. Our pig derby is intended for migration through pigs between our nature reserves and other areas around us." The De Hoge Veluwe National Park is an enclosed nature reserve with the ability to present, dive and other animals through these lattices in various places, Leidekker: "The man can go and get out of the grate."
Another way the virus can move is, for example, contaminated materials, displaced by humans. Leidekker: "The latter is almost impossible to prevent, but this does not diminish the fact that we can already do what lies in our power."
This is a provisional measure announced during an administrative meeting with the representative of Gelderland, Drenthom. It also insisted on re-examining provincial training policy. The De Hoge Veluwe National Park believes that, with regard to infectious animal diseases, such as African swine fever and FMD, it is crucial that Veluwe can be divided by the grille shutter.