By Audrey Gruaz
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The discovery of three barnacle geese dead from bird flu in the territory of Villeneuve-le-Comte in Seine et Marne immediately launched a series of measures to contain or limit the epidemic throughout the department.
As is now the case when an animal is discovered carrying theavian influenza, the Prefect of Seine-et-Marne has set up a temporary control zone around the site concerned. This area encompasses tAll towns around Villeneuve-le-Comte within a radius of 20 km. It therefore extends to the north as far as Meaux, to the south as far as Guignes, to the east it concerns Coulommiers, while to the west this area goes beyond Seine-et-Marne , as far as Val-de-Marne.
The temporary control zone:
Measures to limit the spread of avian flu
Since the confirmation by a laboratory of the presence of avian influenza on the territory, all commercial or non-commercial farms holding poultry must receive visiting a veterinarian or an agent of the Departmental Directorate for the Protection of Populations (DDPP77) in order to check the state of health of the animals.
The prefect’s decree also provides that poultry and captive birds must be kept in confinementi.e. inside a building in order to prevent any potential contact with wild birds that could carry the disease.
The entrances and exits of the buildings housing the birds must be disinfected.
It is no longer possible to bring poultry or captive birds into or out of this perimeter. Derogations can be granted for animals that must go to the slaughterhouse, but they are strict and must meet specific conditions.
The sale of live poultry to individuals is prohibited in this zone, as long as the zone of control is maintained.
However, the sale and consumption of eggs is authorized if sold in disposable or cleanable packaging.
Another constraint imposed by the decree of the prefect, but for hunters this time. They are prohibited from introducing birds into the natural environment of the game they would like to hunt.
A resumption of the early epidemic
Since this summer, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, more than 300,000 farmed poultry have been slaughtered since this summer. The bird flu epidemic, which is monitored each year, arrived earlier than usual in France, whose situation is considered “exceptional”.
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