In just twenty-four hours, 21 new farms were affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza. In addition to breeding cases, 21 cases were detected in wild fauna and five in the low-yard.
Le Monde with AFP
Avian influenza continues to expand. France now has 151 highly pathogenic influenza-infected livestocks, two-thirds of which in the Landes department has been learned from Thursday 13 January to the Ministry of Agriculture.
In just twenty-four hours, 21 new farms were affected by avian influenza. In addition to breeding cases, 21 cases have been detected in wild fauna and five in the low-yard.
The Ministry of Agriculture had drawn the alarm, November 27, 2021, after the first discovery of an H5N1 virus infection home in a professional breeding. The avicole exploitation concerned, located in the municipality of Warhem (North), near the Belgian border, included 160,000 laying hens. Other farms were then affected in this department.
Confine poultry strictly
By November 5, 2021, in the face of the progression of the epizootic in the neighboring countries, the Ministry of Agriculture had set “high” the risk of avian influenza. A threshold that forces all farmers to confine their poultry strictly, limiting the exemptions to maximize the derogations.
The measure has raised disputes on the ground. Two agricultural unions – the peasant confederation and the family operators’ defense (FashionF) -, as well as six associations, asked before the Council of State the suspension of the arrested influenza, fearing the jeopardizing of livestock Outdoors in France. A remedy rejected December 24, 2021.
The Minister of Agriculture, Julien Denormandie, defended the containment of poultry designed to avoid contact with migratory birds with the virus at a press conference on January 4th. “The protective measures were necessary. If we did not take them, the situation I describe today would be much more dramatic,” said the minister, stressing that there were “35% of livestock. less compared to the year  “.
In the previous epizootic, between December 2020 and May 2021, nearly 500 farms had been contaminated and about 3.5 million volatiles, as a priority of the ducks, had to be eliminated. He cited, on the other hand, the situation in Italy, where the flame epidemic, with 270 households identified.