“A case of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 was confirmed in five swans found dead in three ponds in the town of Arthun. “In a statement sent on Tuesday evening, the Loire prefecture announced the establishment of a” temporary control zone “in eight municipalities of Forez.
All birds should stay indoors
This control zone implies that all poultry, including backyard poultry and any other captive birds, must be kept inside buildings at all times.
The prefecture also specifies “that no poultry, any product from poultry held (meat, egg) or in connection with their place of detention (food, litter, excrement …) must not leave farms, commercial or non-commercial. If their consumption presents no danger to humans, these products can constitute vectors of contamination for other poultry. “
Regarding the movement of people, pets or vehicles within the holdings, they must also be limited as much as possible.
Which municipalities are concerned?
The eight communes of Forez concerned by the “temporary control zone” are Arthun, Boën-sur-Lignon, Bussy-Albieux, Pommiers, Sainte-Agathe-la-Bouteresse, Sainte-Foy-Saint-Sulpice, Saint-Étienne-le-Molard and Saint-Sixte.
They are all located within a radius of 5 kilometers around the swans found dead.
Veterinarians will visit the farms
Another measure taken following the establishment of this “temporary control zone”, veterinary visits. “They will be systematic and will allow verification of the strict application of containment and biosecurity measures in each farm are carried out. “
If, at the end of all of these visits, no sign suggestive of avian influenza in the farm is detected, the “temporary control zone” may be lifted, the statement said.
Throughout the period of maintenance of this control zone, increased surveillance of the avifauna will be carried out.
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