Avian influenza: a first outbreak in breeding detected in the North of France

A first outbreak of avian flu was detected in a poultry farm in northern France, the Ministry of Agriculture announced on Saturday. “While avian influenza viruses are actively circulating in Europe through migratory birds, France detected on November 26 an outbreak due to a highly pathogenic strain in a laying hen farm located in the town of Warhem, in the Nord department, ”the ministry said in a statement. This is the first outbreak in breeding detected in France since the epizootic of last winter, said the ministry adding that the suspicion of infection follows a finding of abnormal mortalities among poultry in the farm. . Investigations are underway to identify the origin of the contamination, according to the same source which emphasizes that “in accordance with the rules of health management, surveillance and control measures were immediately taken: the hens will be slaughtered and the outbreak will be disinfected. A protection zone (3 km around the home) and a surveillance zone (10 km) have been set up by the Prefect. France had already declared since the end of the summer four cases of avian influenza in wildlife and three cases in backyard on the metropolitan territory. In Europe, 26 countries are currently affected by influenza viruses, affecting more than 400 outbreaks in breeding and 600 cases in wildlife, specifies the ministry. With MAP