France detects bird flu at turkey farm

France: People walk near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.

Paris, (Asian independent) The highly pathogenic bird flu, or avian influenza, has been detected at a turkey farm in northern France, causing the cull of at least 8,000 turkeys, a French daily reported.

“Regulated protection and surveillance zones have been set up within a radius of 3-10 km,” local authorities of the city of Feuilleres, in the northern department of Somme of France, said in a press release.

The first cluster of the high pathogenic bird flu was found on Saturday at the turkey farm, Xinhua news agency reported, citing Le Figaro.

According to the release, all places of poultry and captive birds are subject to specific prescriptions, in particular the prohibition of movements of poultry and captive birds, and the state services are mobilized alongside the breeder who will be compensated for the losses suffered.

Since November last year, France has reported more than 1,300 clusters of high pathogenic virus and ordered the cull of 20 million birds. During the period from autumn 2020 to spring 2021, 500 clusters of high pathogenic bird flu were detected and 3.5 million birds were culled in the country.

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