December 7, 2021

New bird flu cluster discovered in northern France


Local authorities in northern France said on December 6 a new bird flu cluster had been detected over the weekend in the region, adding that two additional possible bird flu cases in poultry farms were currently under investigation.

A number of outbreaks of severe bird flu in Europe and Asia have been reported recently to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), in a sign the virus that can be devastating to flocks is spreading quickly again.

The first outbreak in a farm in France had been detected on November 26 in a poultry farm in the north of the country.

Several cases had previously been detected in France among backyard poultry as well as in a wild bird, prompting the French government to demand that poultry flocks be kept indoors.

New health protection measures could be adopted in the coming days due to the spread of the disease, the regional government authorities in France's north said.

A massive wave of the virus last winter led the authorities to cull more than three million ducks in its southwestern duck-breeding region known for production of foie gras pate.

- Reuters