December 23, 2015
France's avian flu outbreak affects 61 poultry farms

Avian flu had affected poultry farms in France since November this year, the number of confirmed cases currently at 61, according to a statement from the country's Ministry of Agriculture.


With new cases occurring in the south-western regions of France, authorities had established special protection zones of between three to ten kilometers around farms as sanitary measures stepped up and movements of poultry are restricted.


"The new measures are aimed at sanitising (effectively) poultry production across a wide zone, and providing all necessary guarantees to EU and non-EU countries that import French poultry birds and meat," the ministry said.


China and Japan have already restricted the import of French poultry products, birds and eggs into the countries, RT reported, while Iraq imposed a ban on all fresh and frozen poultry from France.


"The ban is temporary until the World Organization for Animal Health declares France free from the flu," Mahid al-Qaisi, Iraq's deputy agriculture minister told Reuters.


The first case of avian flu in eight years happened in the south-western department of Dordogneis in late November, according to the RT report. This incident was followed by similar developments in Landes, Haute-Viene, Gers, Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Hautes-Pyrénées.

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