France euthanizes 16 million birds to contain bird flu outbreak

Abate de aves na Dinamarca em janeiro

Poultry slaughter in Denmark in January| Photo: EFE/EPA/MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN

France has slaughtered million birds on farms, to try to combat an outbreak of bird flu that has been affecting the country’s poultry sector since late last year. Sources from the Ministry of Agriculture released the numbers this Monday (2) and said there were some signs of containment of the epidemic.

However, with the data updated until Friday (46), there were 1.364 outbreaks in farms and 46 cases in wild animals. The first contamination of this wave of cases was detected on a laying hen farm in the Nord department, near the Belgian border, in 05 from November.

On the day of December it was confirmed a first outbreak in the southwest of the country, on a duck farm in the department of Gers. Bird flu spread in the following weeks in two areas of the New Aquitaine region, one close to the border with Spain, in the departments of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées, Landes and Gers; and a second further north, around Dordogne and Lot.

The third major focus, and the most important of all so far, is the Atlantic coast, especially in the departments of Vendée and Loire-Atlantique.

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