Vendée: a third outbreak of avian flu detected in a farm in one week

A first outbreak was detected in a turkey farm in Feuillères.  (illustrative image)
A third outbreak was detected in a turkey farm in Vendée. (Illustrative image) ©

“The highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus (H5N1) of winter 2021-2022 continued to circulate this summer in wild birds”, explains the Vendée prefecture in a press release. Two cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in professional breeders in Saint-Martin-des-Noyers and Pineaux were confirmed on October 6 and 10, 2022. A third joined the duo, and it is located in La Chaize-le-Vicomte (Vendee).

Detected Wednesday October 12

“Following virological analyses, a third outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (bird flu) was detected yesterday in a turkey farm in the town of La Chaize-le-Vicomte”. Aid will be granted to the owner of this breeding, also announces the prefecture: “The breeder will be compensated for the direct losses linked to the slaughter of the poultry and the costs linked to the disinfection of the premises, as well as indirect losses”.

Measures are also taken to ensure that the sector is protected. “A protection zone with a radius of 3 km and a zone of

10 km surveillance will be put in place around the focus with the aim of prohibiting the movement of birds leaving and entering areas”. The first hypothesis of contamination would be the transmission of the virus by “contaminated wild birds”.

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