Wednesday, January 13, 2016

France MOA: HPAI Detected In 8th Department (Haute-Garonne)

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While the number of new outbreaks has slowed, seven weeks into France's unprecedented HPAI/LPAI H5 outbreak (involving 5 new strains), an 8th Department (Haute-Garonne) has now reported an outbreak. 

This from the State Services In Haute-Garonne website:


An outbreak of avian influenza highly pathogenic H5N1 has been located in a farm located in the town of Lafitte-Vigordane in Haute-Garonne

After locating a highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in a farm located in the town of Lafitte-Vigordane in Haute-Garonne, the prefect decided immediately deploying protective measures to prevent the risk of spreading the disease from that home.

The  poultry  farming will be a complete slaughter, and the buildings will be cleaned and disinfected.

A regulated perimeter is set up, consisting of a  protection zone of 3 km  around the outbreak and a 10 km surveillance zone.

The protection zone is the confinement of poultry farms, the ban on movement of animals and hatching eggs. The surveillance zone is a clinical monitoring and conducting analyzes on farms.

Furthermore, the prefect of the Haute-Garonne requires breeders who would see a drop in productivity, abnormal mortality, respiratory symptoms, digestive or nervous, within their contact poultry without waiting for their livestock veterinarian.

It should be recalled that avian influenza is not transmissible to humans through the consumption of meat, eggs, foie gras and more generally any food product.

France's MOA has updated their site to reflect this latest outbreak, along with a new reported HPAI H5N2 outbreak in the  Pyrénées-Atlantiques, bringing the total number of HPAI outbreaks to 69. 

What is the current situation in France? (updated on 01/13/2016 at 10am)

In total, to date, 69 of highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks in poultry have been detected in eight departments of the South West of France.
ANSES gave its opinion delivered on 14 December 2015, on the potential danger to humans from the avian influenza strain identified, including the results of the complete sequencing of the H5N1 strain detected in the first home in the Dordogne. She confirmed the absence for this dangerous H5N1 strain of the key markers for human.
Find below the details of homes by department below:

In the Dordogne, 13 homes

In the Landes, 28 homes

In Haute-Vienne, a home

In Gers, 10 homes

In the Pyrénées Atlantiques, 12 homes

In the Hautes-Pyrénées, 3 fireplaces

In the Lot, a home

In Haute-Garonne, a home

For the most recent epidemiological analysis of this outbreak you may wish to revisit:

Bureau of Santé Animale: Avian Flu Outbreak In France - Update

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