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600,000 ducks to be culled in France

Hygiene & Biosecurity

Avian flu influenza registered in duck farms in the southwestern Landes region is forcing authorities to apply severe measures.

Posted on Jan 08 ,11:18

600,000 ducks to be culled in France

After a huge number of avian flu outbreaks, France is forced to cull a record number of birds in duck farms across the region of Landes. 600,000 ducks are to be culled in an effort to prevent the spread of avian influenza infecting duck flocks in part of the country, health officials said this week. As of January 1, France had confirmed 61 bird flu outbreaks. 48 of them were in the southwestern Landes region, according to government officials. The culling includes the preventive killing of birds in areas surrounding the outbreak to limit the transition to farm flocks. Duck breeding in the Landes is used to supply the foie gras industry. Since November 2020 several European countries such as Germany, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, France and the UK have reported avian flu (H5N8) outbreaks. Exports to other countries, especially to Asia, have been banned. The virus is also present in Rusia, Kazakhstan and Japan.

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