36,000 poultry will be slaughtered after the discovery of a “highly pathogenic” outbreak

published on Monday, September 19, 2022 at 4:22 p.m.

Some 36,000 poultry will be slaughtered after the discovery of an outbreak of “highly pathogenic type H5N1” avian flu in a farm in Céré-la-Ronde, the Indre-et-Loire prefecture announced on Monday.

After the discovery of an outbreak of “highly pathogenic type H5N1” avian flu in a farm in Céré-la-Ronde, some 36,000 poultry will be slaughtered, the Indre-et-Loire prefecture announced on Monday September 19.

“As part of the measures to combat the spread of the virus, the slaughter of the animals present in the farm will be carried out as soon as possible”, indicated the services of the State in a press release. The breeder will be compensated, they said.

An area under high surveillance

To avoid any risk of spreading the virus, a 3 km protection zone and a 10 km surveillance zone around the farm were activated on Saturday 17 September.

In these areas, backyard birds should be sheltered.

Hunting for waterfowl and feathers is prohibited. “The avian influenza virus circulates among wild birds, and its spread to domestic poultry can have significant economic and health consequences for the poultry industry,” warned the prefecture.

A few days ago, 27,000 turkeys from a farm in Sailly-Flibeaucourt (Somme) were slaughtered after the discovery of a new case of avian flu. The prefecture of the Somme had described Wednesday, September 14 this new focus of “highly pathogenic”.

A case of bird flu had already been detected in a turkey farm in the Somme, in Feuillères, in July, leading to the slaughter of some 8,000 turkeys present on the farm.

The epizootic has decimated many farms. We normally raise in France about 30 million fattened ducks per year. A number that fell to 21 million in 2021, and is expected to be around 15 million this year. The fault of two winters marked by avian flu with 22.5 million poultry slaughtered, including around 10 million ducks.

The Ministry of Agriculture announced at the end of July a compensation scheme only for breeders affected by avian influenza. Two vaccines are being tested, with results not expected until 2023.

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