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H5N8 In Wild Ducks In Marck France

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28/11/2016

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A first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 was confirmed on November 26 in the town of Marck (Pas-de-Calais), 20 wild ducks used as decoys for hunting waterfowl. Management measures were immediately implemented by the Departmental Directorate of protecting the population. 

http://agriculture.gouv.fr/influenza-aviaire-hautement-pathogene-h5n8-un-cas-detecte-en-france-sur-des-canards-sauvages

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Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8: a case detected in France in wild ducks
 
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A first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 was confirmed on November 26 in the town of Marck (Pas-de-Calais), 20 wild ducks used as decoys for hunting waterfowl. Management measures were immediately implemented by the Departmental Directorate of protecting the population. She proceeded to slaughter all callers of the website and also the callers to another site located 4km from Boulogne, who had been in contact. Two enhanced surveillance in public areas nearby were set up: in these sectors, systematic visits to veterinarians check the strict application of measures for containment and biosecurity farms.

These callers are not part of a breeding domestic birds in commercial, this finding does not affect the international status of France with regard to avian influenza. For the record after the episode that affected the Southwest in recent months, and unless new event, France must regain free status of HPAI on 3 December.

The whereabouts of the dead birds is located within an area where the level of risk was reassessed and considered high by Ministerial Order of 16 November, following numerous cases detected in Europe both within populations wild birds of farms. The migration of certain species period certainly plays a major role in the spread of this virus.

To protect the national territory, the Ministry of Agriculture recalled the importance of reporting any mortality of wild birds.

As a reminder, reinforced biosecurity measures, with obligatory confinement or netting to prevent contact with wild birds, apply to all wetlands where the level of risk is high for all poultry non- commercial (backyard) and for commercial poultry, unless otherwise specified in the order amended March 16, 2016. in high-risk areas, the caller displacement is prohibited. On the whole territory, biosecurity measures defined by the decree of February 8, 2016 must always be in place in all farms whether commercial or not.

No human cases linked to the virus have been reported worldwide to date.

For more information, all the measures is detailed here in Managing the new H5N8 case.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8: a case detected in France in wild ducks (PDF, 116.45 KB)

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France finds H5N8 bird flu in wild ducks

 
 
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A severe strain of H5N8 bird flu that has hit several countries in Europe leading to the culling of thousands of poultry was detected in wild ducks in Northern France, the farm ministry said on Monday.

"A first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 was confirmed on Nov. 26 in the commune of Marck (Pas-de-Calais), on 20 wild ducks used as callers for waterfowl hunting," it said in a statement.

Local authorities increased surveillance in the area, the ministry said.

 
 

It said that the latest outbreak did not affect domestic farms and that provided no new case was found it should regain its international status of free of highly pathogenic avian flu on Dec. 3.

France, which has the largest poultry flock in the EU, is still recovering from a severe bird flu epidemic in southwestern France earlier this year which lead to a total halting of duck and geese output in the region and import restrictions from trading partners.

Outbreaks in neighboring countries including the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany had prompted the ministry to impose additional precautions at farms and restricted hunting and bird gathering earlier this month.

It requested that poultry farmers located in humid regions, where the risk of transmission is higher, keep poultry flocks indoors or apply safety nets preventing contact with wild birds.

Wild birds can carry the virus without showing symptoms of it and transmit it to poultry through their feathers or faeces.

Dutch authorities destroyed some 190,000 ducks on Saturday at six farms following an avian flu outbreak.

Foie gras producers, already reeling from lost sales, expressed concern this month about the European outbreaks which come just before the year-end peak demand for the delicacy.

The H5N8 virus has never been detected in humans but it led to the culling of millions of farm birds in Asia, mainly South Korea, in 2014 before spreading to Europe.

The World Organisation for Animal Health had warned in an interview with Reuters mid-November that more outbreaks of H5N8 were likely in Europe as wild birds believed to transmit the virus migrate southward.

 

(Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide, editing by Mathieu Rosemain and Louise Heavens)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-birdflu-france-idUSKBN13N17J

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