Bird flu in Pas-de-Calais: a decree banning the approach of wild birds

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

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On Friday, the prefect of Pas-de-Calais, Louis Le Franc, issued an order aimed at preventing the occurrence of bird flu in farms following the discovery of seagulls carrying the highly pathogenic bird flu virus. (IAHP) died on the beach of Le Touquet on Thursday 19 May and faced with the active circulation of this contagious and pathogenic virus for birds in Europe.

Prohibition on feeding wild birds

A temporary control zone (ZCT) has been 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, Saint-Josse, Saint-Leonard, Tubersent, Verlincthun, Verton, Waben and Widehem. It is specifically requested not to approach, feed or handle wild birds in this area and more specifically on the entire coast to avoid any risk of the virus spreading. “, Indicates a press release from the prefecture.

Other specific measures will apply in this ZCT.

All poultry, including backyard poultry, as well as other captive birds, must be kept permanently inside buildings or under nets

No live poultry and no captive birds should leave farms, commercial or non-commercial. Exemptions will be possible by agreement with the Departmental Directorate for the Protection of Populations (DDPP) in Pas-de-Calais, mainly in connection with a direct transfer to a slaughterhouse

The movement of people, livestock and vehicles within the farms must be limited to what is strictly necessary

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

Direct sales on the holding of slaughtered poultry and its products are prohibited. However, breeders can continue their commercial activity by selling directly to consumers at local outdoor markets.

During the maintenance period of this ZCT, increased monitoring of the bird fauna will be carried out.

can be revoked after a period of 21 days if after all veterinary visits: no signs of avian influenza are detected in the farms and if no new case occurs in the wildlife, the prefecture of Pas-de-Calais further specifies, which calls for vigilance from breeders , bird keepers (farms, farms, etc.) and veterinarians.

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

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