A second case of bird flu has been detected in France, in a pet store located in the Yvelines (Paris region), three days after the announcement of a first outbreak in Haute-Corse, announced on Thursday, November 19, the Ministry of agriculture and food.
“A new outbreak has just been confirmed by the National Health Security Agency (Anses) in a pet store in Yvelines”, specifies the ministry in a press release. Analyzes revealed “The presence of the H5N8 virus, identical to that detected in Haute-Corse, not transmissible to humans” and “The epidemiological investigation is continuing in order to identify the links between these two foci and the origin of the contamination”.
All the birds in the Yvelines animal facility were euthanized and protection and surveillance zones were set up around the home, as in Corsica, according to the text. In Corsica, preventive bird slaughterings were carried out in backyards due to epidemiological links established with the first identified outbreak and therefore strong suspicions of contamination, underlines the ministry.
Alert levels raised
“To limit the spread of the virus and prevent it from reaching professional poultry sectors as much as possible”, the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Julien Denormandie, calls “In particular animal facilities, transporters and private farmyard owners to strictly apply protective measures against avian influenza”.
After the outbreak of outbreaks in Russia and Kazakhstan this summer, the epizootic, which is not dangerous for humans, has recently progressed to Western Europe, where alert levels have been raised .
The Netherlands, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Belgium are particularly affected. This virus is spread through migratory birds. The disease is not considered dangerous for humans and the consumption of poultry and eggs is not advised against.