Dordogne. Call for vigilance with the return of avian influenza in the South West

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Since May 4, 34 outbreaks in farms have been recorded, mainly ducks, including 24 in the Gers and 8 in the Landes. (© Succeed in Périgord)

After a lull of nearly two months throughout mainland France, theavian influenza (AIHP) reappears on Southwestt with the recent detection of several outbreaks on farms, particularly in the departments of Gers and Landes. Faced with this context, the Prefecture of Dordogne would like to recall the main due diligence measures to be implemented.

Indeed, even if, since March 14, 2023, the national situation with regard to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) had been greatly improved (28 outbreaks were recorded between October 1, 2022 and March 14, 2023, against 361 for the same period 2021-2022), have appeared, since May 4, 34 outbreaks in farms have been identified, mainly ducks, including 24 in the Gers and 8 in the Landes.

Reinforcement of vigilance and protective measures

Faced with this extremely changing situation, livestock operators are called upon to increase their vigilance and adopt the necessary biosecurity measures to prevent any spread and introduction of the virus. These include: limiting the entry of people from outside the breeding sites, implementing strict protective measures when entering the breeding farms (passing through a regulatory airlock, washing hands, wearing clothing and dedicated shoes, etc.), if possible, when setting up or leaving poultry, stay in the public area and transfer the animals at the edge of the professional area to the production unit, observing all the precautions related to the well-being to be animal.

For commercial farms as well as for barnyard owners, daily monitoring of the animals must be put in place. Any sign suggestive of the disease (nervous disorders, drop in consumption and/or laying, etc.) must be reported immediately to a veterinarian who will relay, if necessary, the declaration of a suspicion with the DDETSPP of the Dordogne.

In addition, any discovery of carcasses of wild fauna birds must be reported: on weekdays, to the Hunting Federation on 05 53 35 85 00 or 06 86 17 70 50, on weekends and public holidays, from the French Office for Biodiversity on 05 53 13 17 72.

As a reminder, the avian influenza risk was lowered to the “moderate” level by the ministerial decree of April 26, 2023, which risk leads to the implementation of specific measures for the geographical areas qualified as “particular risk zones” (ZRP). . For the Dordogne, 37 communes of the Dordogne are concerned.

On these territories, the measures to be respected are: the sheltering of all commercial farms and their daily surveillance, the prohibition of the gathering of birds, the prohibition for holders of birds kept in Zones at Particular Risk to participate in gatherings, the authorization to transport and release game issued under conditions, the sheltering (claustration or placing under total netting) of the farmyards as well as their compulsory declaration to the DDETSPP.

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For more information, you can contact the DDETSPP 24, Animal Health and Protection Service on 05 53 03 66 72 or by email. [email protected]

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