"The confirmation today of the presence of the virus in Belgium (in the western part of the EU) represents a new progression of the disease, which requires an adequate response given the considerable economic interests at stake for the French agri-food chain", France's farm ministry said in a statement.
However, to palliate the current virus from spreading, the SPW is preparing further measures to, inter alia, avoid the dispersal of wild boars from the infected zone as well as the provisions relating to hunting.
France's agriculture ministry announced reinforced surveillance in four administrative departments (counties) bordering Belgium and extra measures to protect pig farms and slaughterhouses. The disease has already struck farms in eastern Europe and China, and could have catastrophic effects for Europe's large pork industry.
The wild boars found dead in Wallonia were carriers of the African swine fever virus (ASFV).More news: Hamilton likes the look of F1's future cars
It added: "Biosecurity in pig farms is essential and the FASFC ensures that it is permanently properly insured".
The source of the outbreak is not yet known but control measures including zoning, added surveillance and official disposal of the animals, by-products and waste have been applied.
The task force held a meeting to create guidelines that could help hunters and local municipalities better cope with the situation in case the virus makes its way into South Korea.
French Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert called for protective measures on Thursday following reports that African swine fever had been detected in wild boars in Belgium near the French border.More news: North Carolina Feels First Bite Of Hurricane Florence
"The different levels of power will continue to work closely together to maximise the effectiveness of prevention and control measures".
China has confirmed two new outbreaks of African swine fever in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and central China's Henan Province, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said Friday.
The virus is spread only by species of animals belonging to the wild boar category.
"We need all pig producers, farmers as well as members of the public to pull together to tighten defences and to keep this disease out".More news: Police investigating after needles found in Australian strawberries