Avian flu: when will the poultry go out in the range??

Sheltering throughout the territory since November 5some of the French poultry reared with partial or full access to the open air could return to grassy ground within a few days.

To facilitate this long-awaited outing before the high temperatures announced in the coming days, the criteria previously defined by the decree of March 16, 2016 will be modified.

So far, the risk goes from “high” to “moderate” if no case has occurred in France in the avifauna during the two previous months (in particular risk or dissemination areas) or the previous month (rest of the territory).

With significant circulation of the virus and a seasonal adjustment of cases in the avifauna, the epidemiological context has changed. Sporadic cases blocking emergence cannot be excluded.

A new decree in preparation would make it possible to successively define several dates for lifting the high risk, in order of triggering:

  • In departments that have not experienced any cases
  • In the departments of the first wave cleaned up (Gers, Landes, Pyrénées Atlantiques and Hautes-Pyrénées)
  • In the departments near the affected areas which are still evolving (Cantal, Corrèze, Ille et Vilaine, Mayenne, Morbihan, Sarthe and Haute Vienne)
  • In the departments of the second wave, the risk would be lowered at the same time as the lifting of the restricted areas (Dordogne, Loire Atlantique, Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Deux Sèvres, Vendée)

Concretely, the transition to “moderate” risk is translated by :

  • Access to the outdoor course for commercial farms and backyards
  • Return of gatherings of poultry
  • Return of pigeon competitions
  • Reintroduction of feathered game in the natural environment (and use of decoys)

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