Avian flu suspected in a Cotentin farm, poultry slaughtered as a precaution

A poultry farm in Tamerville (Manche) has a strong suspicion of bird flu. (©La Manche Press/Jean-Paul BARBIER)

According to one communicated from the Manche prefecture on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, a backyard poultry farm (non-professional) in the municipality of Tamerville presents a strong suspicion of an outbreak of bird flu.

In view of the challenges facing the poultry sector in the department, the risk of the spread of the virus to other holdings and pending the results of the Ploufragan reference analysis laboratory, a slaughter of the holding in question in the event that the results prove positive. is carried out.

Canal Prefecture

The prefecture also plans to set up ” restrictions movement of poultry, birds and hunting methods” within a perimeter of 20 km around the farm if the presence of this “highly pathogenic” virus is confirmed.

“Will also be set up in these perimeters, checks and self-checks, especially by taking samples from the farms,” ​​she adds.

Observe biosecurity measures

Agents from the French Office of Biodiversity monitor the mortality of wild birds.

To avoid serious financial consequences and to limit the spread of the virusall poultry sector professionals and individuals are encouraged to “strictly respect biosecurity measures (shelter, but also cleaning and disinfection of clothing and equipment on the farm), throughout the department and to remain extremely vigilant and inform their Health Veterinarian or DDPP in case of abnormal mortality noted.”

The Prefect of La Manche also asks hikers to “stay on marked trails and not approach or feed wild birds. and to “change clothes and shoes” after walking in this area or when visiting a poultry farm or barn.

Finally, the prefecture reminds that “the consumption of meat, foie gras and eggs, and more generally of any poultry-based food product, does not pose a risk to humans. »

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