Avian Flu. Cotentin: a “highly pathogenic” focus in a farm, slaughtered poultry

The presence of an outbreak of the avian influenza virus was detected in a duck farm located in Bricquebec (Manche). (©JPY)

A hearth ofavian influenza“whose highly pathogenic nature” was confirmed this Friday, July 29, 2022was detected in a chicken and duck farming at Bricquebec-en-Cotentin (Sleeve). According to our colleagues from Ouest-France, four chickens were found dead on Wednesday.

Faced with the risk of spreading the virus to other farms and given the challenges for the Mancho poultry sector, the farm was slaughtered as a preventive measure from this Friday, indicates the Prefecture. Still according to Ouest-France, 8,500 poultry were euthanized on site by a specialized company.

Otherwise, regulated protection and surveillance areas have been established by decree dated July 29, within a radius of 3 and 10 km around the farm. In total, 34 municipalities are affected by these new regulations, whether partially or totally. “In these perimeters, all the places of detention of poultry and captive birds are subject to specific prescriptions”, summarizes the Prefecture of the Channel.

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Measures since July 7

The movement of poultry and other captive birds is prohibited there, except for derogations granted by the departmental directorate for the protection of populations (DDPP). To make requests and obtain a health pass, you must send an email to [email protected].

“The monitoring of wild bird mortality is also reinforced by agents from the French Office for Biodiversity. »

Channel prefecture

These new reinforced biosecurity measures are in addition to those that have applied since July 7 and the establishment of a “temporary control zone” concerning 282 municipalities in the department, after the discovery of many dead gulls contaminated with avian flu, including Bricquebec and its surroundings. The Prefecture thus reminds all Manchois breeders, on whom the spread of the virus can have “significant economic consequences”, the importance of “strictly respecting biosecurity measures”.

Recommendations for all

And in particular: the sheltering of poultry, as well as the cleaning and disinfection of clothing and equipment. It is also advisable to remain “extremely vigilant” and to inform the “sanitary veterinarian or the DDPP in the event of abnormal mortality observed”.

Recommendations are also required for walkers surveying the areas affected by biosecurity measures. The latter must stay on the marked paths, without approaching or feeding wild birds. After a walk, it is strongly recommended to change clothes and shoes before entering a barnyard or a poultry farm.

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The discovery of dead wild birds must also be declared to the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB), by telephone (02 33 07 40 32) or by email ([email protected]). “As a reminder, the consumption of meat, foie gras and eggs, and more generally of any poultry-based food product, does not present a risk for humans. »

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