Avian influenza in the Pas-de-Calais region: a decree banning the approach of wild birds

On May 19, the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus was identified in a seagull found dead on the beach in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, the Pas-de-Calais province said in a press release.

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Pas-de-Calais Governor Louis Le Franc on Friday issued an order aimed at preventing bird flu from emerging on farms, after seagulls were discovered carrying the highly contagious bird flu virus. (IAHP) He died on the beach. From Le Touquet, Thursday 19 May I encountered the active circulation of this infectious and avian pathogen in Europe.

Prohibition of feeding wild birds

A Temporary Control Zone (ZCT) is defined and includes all the municipalities of Airon-NotreDame, Airon-Saint-Vaast, Berck, Camiers, Conchil-Le-Temple, Condette, Cucq, Dannes, Echinghen, Equihen-Plage, Etaples, Frencq, Groffliers, Halinghen , Hesdigneul-les-Boulogne, Hesdin-l’Abbé, Isques, Le-Touquet-Paris-Plage, Lefaux, Merlimont, Nesles, Neufchâtel-Hardelot, Outreau, Rang-du-Fliers, Saint-Aubin, Saint-Etienne-au-Mont, and St. Jose, and St. Leonard, and Toppersant, and Fairlinckthon, and Firton, and Ibn, and Wadehom. It is particularly requested not to approach, feed or handle wild birds in this area and more specifically on the entire coast to avoid any risk of spreading the virus. ‘,” he points to a press release issued by the county.

Other specific measures will be applied in this ZCT.

All poultry, including backyard poultry, as well as any other captive birds, must be kept permanently indoors or under nets.

Neither live poultry nor captive birds may leave farms, whether commercial or non-commercial. Exemptions will be possible, subject to approval by the Administrative Directorate for the Protection of the Population (DDPP) of Pas-de-Calais, mainly in the context of direct transfer to the slaughterhouse

Movement of people, pets and vehicles within farms should be limited to what is strictly necessary

– The DDPP organizes, on each farm in ZCT, veterinary visits to verify the strict application of shelter and biosecurity measures. The health status of the animals is systematically checked

It is prohibited to directly sell slaughtered poultry and their products on the farm. However, breeders can continue their business by selling directly to consumers in open local markets.

During this ZCT maintenance period, increased monitoring of birds will be conducted.

Temporary control area
May be raised after a period of 21 days if, after all veterinary visits: No sign of avian influenza has been detected on farms and if no new case occurs in wildlife ”, further defines the province of Pas-de-Calais, which requires vigilance by breeders, bird breeders (farms, farms, etc.) and veterinarians.

Finally, any deaths of wild birds in this area must be reported to the relevant municipality.

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