Tuesday, January 25

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

France has spotted an outbreak of avian flu in a poultry farm in the Nord department, the first breeding outbreak identified since last winter’s epizootic, the Ministry of Agriculture announced on Saturday.

“While avian influenza viruses are actively circulating in Europe via migratory birds, France detected on November 26 an outbreak due to a highly pathogenic strain in a breeding hen farm located in the town of Warhem, in the Nord department, “he said in a statement.

The suspicion of infection follows a finding of abnormal mortalities among poultry on the farm.

A decree published on November 5 in the Official Journal forced French breeders to confine their poultry because of the “high” risk of avian flu due to the multiplication of cases in neighboring countries.


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