Maconnais. 28 municipalities under surveillance after the detection of an outbreak of avian flu in Ain

The prefecture of Saône-et-Loire has announced the implementation of surveillance measures for 28 municipalities in the Mâconnais, after the detection, this Friday, October 21, of an outbreak of avian influenza in a duck and poultry farm in Bresse located in the town of Illiat, in Ain, 7 km from the Saône-et-Loire, as reported by our colleagues from Progrès. This is the third time, in the space of two months, that a farm of this type has been affected by the virus.

To avoid any risk of spreading the virus to other farms, the prefecture of Saône-et-Loire has set up regulated zones around the farm within a radius of 3 km (ZP protection zone), 10 km ( surveillance zone ZS) and 20 km (additional restricted zone ZRS).

In Saône-et-Loire, no municipality is located within the radius of 3 km. On the other hand, eight municipalities are concerned by the 10 km zone (ZS) and 20 others are placed in an additional restricted zone, i.e. within a radius of 20 km.

Specific prescriptions

In the surveillance zone (ZS):
– Gatherings of birds are prohibited;
– Positioning is prohibited;
– The exits of birds are prohibited, except authorization granted by the DDPP.

In additional restricted area (ZRS):
– No live poultry and no captive bird must leave the farms without the status of the breeding having been verified by self-checking in the 48 hours preceding the;
– The movement of people, pets and vehicles within farms must be limited to what is strictly necessary.

“These measures are in force, in the absence of new cases of animal disease in these geographical areas until November 18, 2022. In general, and in order to limit the spread of the virus, which can have significant consequences economic, all professionals in the poultry sector and individuals are reminded to strictly respect biosecurity measures (in particular sheltering), and to remain extremely vigilant, to monitor the birds daily and, if necessary possibly, report without delay to a veterinarian any abnormal behavior or any sign of illness of the latter, ”indicates the prefecture.

Surveillance of wild bird mortality is also reinforced. The authorities point out that the discovery of dead wild birds must be declared to the SAGIR surveillance network (hotline at 06.67.55.76.76). As a reminder, this virus is not transmissible to humans, neither by contact with birds, nor by consumption of poultry meat or eggs.

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