On Friday, in France MOA: H5N8 Confirmed In Duck Farm In Tarn, we saw the first official confirmation of H5N8 in a poultry farm in France (previously we'd seen wild birds in Calais test positive).
Later on Friday, we saw media reports that H5N8 had Expanded To 7 Farms In 4 Departments.
Today, the French MOA confirms that there are indeed 7 `affected farms', along with a second detection of the virus in wild birds.
What isn't completely clear is whether all of these additional farms - which are described as being `epidemiologically linked' to the first farm - have actually tested positive for the H5N8 virus.An OIE Notification today describes the birds on some of these farms as having been `pre-emptively destroyed', however the MOA reports refers to `outbreaks' at these farms.
Situation on December 5, 2016: 7 outbreaks confirmed in farms and two cases in wildlife.
Following the confirmation of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 outbreak on 1 December 2016 in the town of Almayrac Tarn, management measures were immediately put in place in the home and also in epidemiological outbreaks linked Gers, Lot and Garonne and Hautes Pyrénées. Following the detection of the first home, a new one was also identified on December 2 in the Tarn. A new case was also detected on a seagull in Haute Savoie.
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List of outbreaks on farms
Tarn: 1 home
On 2 December 2016, a highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak was confirmed on a farm in 6120 ducks located in the town of Almayrac.
On 1 December 2016, a highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak was confirmed on a farm in 5000 ducks located in the town of Almayrac.
Gers: 3 homes
On 2 December 2016, outbreaks epidemiologically linked to the home of Tarn (1 December) were detected in the municipalities of:
- Monlezun in a farming 15,600 ducks
- Eauze in 1640 breeding ducks
- Beaumont sur l'Osse in raising 690 ducks
Lot-et-Garonne: 1 home
On 2 December 2016, an outbreak epidemiologically linked to the home of Tarn (December 1) was detected on a farm in 4950 ducks located in the town of Monbahus.
Hautes Pyrénées: 1 home
An outbreak epidemiologically linked to the home of Tarn was detected 2 December 2016 (1 December) on a farm in 1000 ducks in the commune of Ibos.
List of outbreaks in wildlife
Pas-de-Calais: 1 home
On November 26, a first case H5N8 was confirmed in the municipality of Marck (Pas-de-Calais) on 20 wild ducks used as decoys for hunting waterfowl.
On 2 December 2016, a case was confirmed on a seagull in the town of Evian.