France, which reported more than 500 outbreaks of HPAI H5N8 between early December and the end of March, reported their first new outbreak in 90 days yesterday, with a statement from their Ministry Of Agriculture.
This time, instead of coming from the southern and southwestern departments, as did the bulk of the outbreaks this past winter, yesterday's announcement comes from northern France, very near the Belgium border.Belgium, while largely spared from Europe's avian flu epizootic this past winter has announced a dozen recent outbreaks (see Belgium Reports Their 12th H5N8 Outbreak Of June), and the French outbreak is reportedly only 15 km from - and epidemiologically linked to - an outbreak last week in Tournai, Belgium.
A case of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 was confirmed June 30, 2017 in a farmyard located in the town of Brillon in the Nord department. To stop the faster spread of the virus, protection zones and surveillance are implemented immediately in the rays of 3 and 10 kilometers from home. In these areas, the movements of all susceptible animals are prohibited and biosecurity measures strengthened.
The home is located 15 kilometers of an identified home on June 23 in Tournai, Belgium, for non-commercial poultry. This home would be linked to the purchase of chicks and pigeons on Tournay market in Belgium. Since the beginning of June, eleven cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in Belgium, mostly among amateur breeders of ornamental fowl and four cases in Luxembourg.
On 23 June, the Directorate General of Food, the Ministry for Agriculture and Food asked the prefect of the border departments with Belgium and Luxembourg to raise all poultry holders to that they to exercise the utmost vigilance and report any suspicious clinical signs to their health veterinarian.
The confirmed outbreak, 30 June 2017 Brillon, recalls the importance of protecting our poultry farms by applying biosecurity measures and strengthened by ensuring in particular the lack of contact between the farmyard poultry and commercial poultry.
It is important that all players in the poultry industry (professionals, amateurs, traders, transporters ...) are mobilized to prevent any spread of the disease in our area.
All this information is detailed here: Avian Influenza: management strategy of a health crisis