Following the discovery of two terns infected with the H5N1 virus of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the town of Fos-sur-Mer, this Monday, June 5, the prefect of Bouches-du-Rhône issued an order determining a zone of temporary control (ZCT) with a diameter of 5 km and the measures applicable in the department.
The municipalities concerned by this ZCT are: Fos-sur-Mer, Istres, Martigues, Port-de-Bouc and Saint-Mitre-les-Remparts.
The management measures implemented in this area aim to strengthen biosecurity in the poultry industry and prevent the spread of this disease to farms and backyards. The measures detailed in the prefectural decree remain in force for at least 21 days after the discovery of the last birds found infected in the ZCT.
As a reminder, the H5N1 virus currently present in Europe is not dangerous for humans and the consumption of poultry meat, foie gras or eggs does not pose a risk to human health.
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 before returning to your activity area;
• 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 his veterinarian any disease or abnormal mortality on poultry or other
The prefectural decree determining a temporary control zone and specifying all the applicable measures is available in the RAA section of the website of the Bouches-du-Rhône prefecture.
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