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France Reports New Outbreak of LPAI

by 5m Editor
17 November 2009, at 10:13am

FRANCE - The veterinary authorities have reported a new outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) in a flock of ducks in western France.

The French veterinary authority has sent an Immediate Notification dated 16 November to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The report describes a case of LPAI, which started on 13 November in a flock of 9,000 domestic ducks in Saint Aubin du Plain in the départemente of Deux-Sèvres.

This outbreak was identified through active surveillance for avian influenza in breeding farms. Poultry at the farm show no clinical signs.

The farm includes 9,000 ducks ready to be force-fed divided into three batches of 3,000 ducks introduced respectively on 15 July 2009, 22 September 2009 and 22 October 2009. All 9,000 ducks will be euthanised and destroyed. Cleaning and disinfection measures and then a 21-day sanitation process will be applied. The newly introduced birds will be monitored for 21 days following their introduction on the farm.

The epidemiological investigation showed that the virus has not circulated from the farm: there is neither an epidemiological related farm nor other farms within a one-kilometre-radius area.

The H5 sub-type of the virus has been identified.

Further Reading

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