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H5N1 Avian Influenza virus: Implementation of a temporary control zone

Updated on 23/11/2022

Following the discovery of a pink flamingo infected with the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus near the Scamandre pond in Vauvert in the Gard, the prefect of the Gard issued an order determining a temporary control zone ( ZCT) with a diameter of 20 km.

The prefect of Bouches-du-Rhône has issued an order determining a temporary control zone and the measures applicable in the department.

In the department, the two municipalities affected by this zoning are:

– Arles, on a part of the territory located west of the Grand Rhône;

– Les Saintes-Maries-de-le-Mer, throughout the town.

The territory subject to management measures appears in orange on the map :

Temporary Control Zone

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As a reminder, Ithe virus H5N1 currently present in Europeis not dangerous for I’Has and meat consumption poultryfoie gras orwhereeggs pose no risk to human health.

Measures implemented in the temporary control zone

  • Strengthening of biosecurity of domestic birds (or non-domestic in captivity) :

– Any owner of poultry and/or domestic or non-domestic birds must register, for individuals with the town halls and for professionals with the Departmental Directorate for the Protection of Populations (DDPP).

Professionals must provide suitable shelter for their animals.

– Individual owners of poultry and birds must keep them in confinement or under a net in order to avoid any contact with wild birds. Feeding and watering must be done under cover;

– A general principle of reducing movements into and out of places of detention of poultry and other captive birds is established in the ZCT subject to screening analyzes for avian influenza and reinforced biosecurity in farms and transportation ;

– Gatherings of birds are prohibited in the area;

– The movement of people, other animals, vehicles and equipment to or from bird farms is to be avoided and, failing that, must comply with reinforced biosecurity measures;

– Finally, the transport and introduction into the natural environment of game birds and decoys are regulated in the ZCT.

Wildlife monitoring:

– The services of the French office for biodiversity (OFB), supported by the departmental federation of hunters and the managers of natural areas, are responsible for monitoring and collecting wild birds found dead and directing them for laboratory examinations. departmental analysis, as part of the wildlife surveillance network (SAGIR network).

In the event that carcasses of wild birds are not handed over to these partners, they must be taken in charge by the town hall of the commune, which will make them available for rendering.

In order to protect the department’s poultry sector by limiting any spread of the disease, it is everyone’s responsibility to apply the following principles:

• For walkers: stay on marked paths and do not approach or feed wild birds;

• For owners of backyards or poultry farms: avoid frequenting these natural areas. Otherwise, change clothes and shoes, wash your hands, disinfect the wheels of vehicles;

• Do not handle dead wild birds, notify the town hall or municipal police of the place of discovery who will contact the SAGIR network;

• Report to your veterinarian any disease or abnormal mortality on poultry or other captive birds.

The prefectural decree determining a temporary control zone and specifying all the applicable measures is available at the RAA on the website of the Bouches-du-Rhône prefecture.

Contacts and Resources

Contact the Bouches-du-Rhône DDPP: ddpp- iahp @ bouches-du-rhone .gouv.fr for questions relating to avian influenza on farms and poultry farms.

Contact the Departmental Federation of Hunters of Bouches-du-Rhône: contact@fdc-13.com, or the DDTM of Bouches-du-Rhône: ddtm-hunt@bouches-du-rhone.gouv.fr for questions about hunting and the use of decoys.

Documents for breeders and barnyard owners:

https://agriculture.gouv.fr/influenza-aviaire-les-mesures-de-biosecurite-pour-les-operateurs-professionnels-et-les-particuliers

On wildlife health surveillance: https://www.ofb.gouv.fr/le-reseau-sagir

On the transition to “high” risk throughout the metropolitan territory: https://agriculture.gouv.fr/influenza-aviaire-la-france-passe-en-level-de-risque-eleve

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