Tech & Science bird flu: a first breeding home detected in northern France
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This is the first foyer detected in a breeding since last winter, while the virus circulates thanks to migratory birds
It is an old nightmare that wakes up regularly in the breeders. While France tries to fight against the fifth wave of the coronavirus epidemic, now an avian influenza house has been detected in a poultry farm in the northern department. It was the first since the epizootic last winter, which had already wreak havoc, announced Saturday the Ministry of Agriculture.
"While avian influenza viruses actively circulate in Europe through migratory birds, France has detected on 26 November a home due to a highly pathogenic strain in a laying hen farming located in the municipality of Warhem. In the northern department, "he said in a statement. The suspicion of infection follows a statement of abnormal mortality among the poultry of livestock.
How will the COVID pandemic affect flu season?
Experts say Northern Hemisphere countries face an unpredictable winter as COVID spreads during the flu season.Last year, when governments recommended a range of protective measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing and lockdowns to slow COVID-19 infections, the number of influenza cases dropped dramatically compared with the seasonal average.
While this breeding is near the border, the Belgian authorities immediately reacted, according to the RTBF. The Federal Food Chain Security Agency (AFSCA) announced set up a 3 km protection area and a 10 km surveillance area around the breeding. Thus, in the Flemish communes of the Furnes, Alveringem and Poperinge, all poultry must be confined or protected by nets, and their gatherings (as in markets or fairs) are strictly prohibited.
The virus in question would be a variant of type H5 of traditional avian influenza, making it more pathogenic. However, it does not represent a risk for humans.
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