How Europe sank into the ‘most devastating’ bird flu in its history

MAINTENANCE – Honorary Professor at the National Veterinary School of Alfort, Jeanne Brugère-Picoux looks back at the roots of this devastating epidemic for breeders.

50 million. This is the number of poultry that have been slaughtered on holdings infected with bird flu for more than a year in Europe. The continent is even dealing with the bird flu epidemic”the most devastating“Never observed on its soil, even indicated on Tuesday the health authorities.

The numbers give spin. Between October 2021 and September 2022, 37 European countries were affected by bird flu and nearly 2,500 outbreaks were detected on farms across the continent, according to a report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the European Union Center for Disease Prevention and Control. (ECDC) and the European Union Reference Laboratory. In addition, pollution accelerates as winter approaches, although the epidemic has not abated since September.

But how did we get here? And how can the EU handle this crisis? Jeanne Brugère-Picoux, honorary professor at the National Veterinary School of Alfort returns to this epidemic, which today seems very difficult to contain.

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