A second case of avian influenza was detected in France, in a pet store located in Yvelines (Ile-de-France), three days after the announcement of a first outbreak in Haute-Corse, said Thursday, November 19, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. The virus discovered in this new outbreak is the same as in Haute-Corse, and an epidemiological investigation has been launched “in order to identify the links between these two foci and the origin of the contamination”, a indicates the ministry.
As in Haute-Corse, tAll the birds in the Yvelines animal facility were euthanized and protection and surveillance zones were set up around the outbreak. In Haute-Corse, 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.
“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 shops, transporters and private farmyard owners to strictly apply protective measures against avian influenza”.
The Ministry of Agriculture recalls that avian influenza is not “not transmissible to humans through the consumption of meat of avian origin, eggs, fatty liver and more generally any food product”.