France officially no longer has avian flu, announces the Ministry of Agriculture

The epizootic began in November 2020 in the country “on the occasion of migrations of wild birds”.

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It has resulted in the slaughter of 3.5 million poultry since November. France is officially free from bird flu, mainly in the South-West, the Ministry of Agriculture announced on Friday (September 3). In accordance with the international standards of the World Organization for Animal Health, the country is “again free from highly pathogenic avian influenza”, he said in a statement.

The recovery of this status puts an end to the epizootic which began in November 2020 in France “on the occasion of migrations of wild birds”, according to the ministry. The risk was already considered negligible throughout the territory since the end of May.

Some 492 outbreaks of avian influenza “highly pathogenic H5N8” had been identified in poultry farms in 15 departments, the Landes, Gers and Pyrénées-Atlantique alone accounting for 95% of these outbreaks.

This official recognition will in particular allow the resumption of market exports. The ministry welcomes the “mobilization and commitment of all the players in the sector”. but nevertheless calls for vigilance in the months and weeks to come and underlines the detection in Belgium of a case.

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