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Mayenne: Feared Contamination from Bird Flu

Since the recent discovery of the H5N8 virus carriers wild ducks in the Channel, the commotion combat redoubles in Mayenne department briefing. “All birds, including backyard individuals, must be kept indoors” remind the veterinary services of the DDCSPP 53!

What is the problem?

Following the discovery of several outbreaks of avian influenza (H5N8) highly pathogenic in southwestern farms. And other cases in the Pas-de-Calais, in Haute-Savoie, since Friday in the English Channel (two ducks whistlers carrying the virus were found dead in the North Cotentin), the Ministry of Agriculture and consumption has decided to raise the level of risk vis-à-vis the disease high on the entire national territory.

Is the Mayenne concerned?

She is just like the other departments that have not yet found a source of infection. But probably a little more than elsewhere because of its characteristics. On the one hand the ubiquity of ecological zones in particular risks wetlands where migratory birds pass.

Moreover Mayenne is a land of poultry: “800 farms and identified five major food groups related, including SNV and poulterer Ramon Sofral (Lassay-les-Châteaux) . The poultry genetics also plays an important part, ” adds Laurence and Catherine Maignan Deflesselle veterinary services of the Departmental Directorate of social cohesion and the protection of populations.

Finally the Mayenne farming is specifically outdoor “unlike most of Brittany that has turned to factory farming.”

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