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Avian influenza: a "common source" for the outbreaks discovered in France

 Avian influenza: a "common source" for the outbreaks discovered in France identified


The agriculture ministry said on Wednesday that a common source of contamination to cases detected in mid-November in Corsica and Yvelines had been identified.


Avian influenza: a "common source" for the outbreaks discovered in France identified



The cases of avian flu detected in mid-November in two pet shops in Corsica and one in Yvelines are the result of a "common source of contamination" identified in an individual in the North, announced Wednesday, December 2, the ministry of agriculture.


Traceability investigations and analyzes established that this individual had "sold geese to the trader who supplied animal shops in Corsica and Yvelines at the beginning of November" , explains the ministry in a press release. 'All health measures have been taken in this particular as in the trader to eliminate any risk of spreading the virus'. according to the ministry.


No "abnormal mortality" in the farms


Health visits and samples were taken from farms located within a radius of 10 kilometers around the home of the individual and from animal shops delivered by the same trader. "All the analysis results were negative for avian influenza" , we can read in the ministerial press release, which specifies that "no professional poultry farm is today affected" by avian influenza and no “Abnormal mortality” has not been found in wildlife.


Avian influenza: a "common source" for the outbreaks discovered in France identified



After the outbreak of outbreaks in Russia and Kazakhstan this summer, the epizootic, which is not dangerous for humans, has recently progressed to Western Europe, where alert levels have been raised . This virus is spread by migratory birds.  It is particularly affected by the Netherlands, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Belgium.


In France, a case has been identified on a goose geese found dead on the coast of Morbihan, announces the ministry, according to which "the virus detected on this wild bird is of the same lineage as those currently circulating in Europe" . A temporary control zone has been set up over a radius of 5 kilometers. There are no poultry farms in this area.

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