A “significant mortality” of wild birds, in particular terns, was observed around the madine lake, at the end of May. According to the analyses, the animals were affected by the avian influenza virus, also called bird flu. Consequently, the prefectures of the Meuse and some Meurthe et Moselle had to take restrictive measures.
No risk for humans
A temporary control area of 5 kilometers has therefore been set up around the place of discovery of the birds. The following municipalities are concerned: Buxières-sous-les-Côtes, Heudicourt-sous-les-Côtes, Lahayville, Loupmont, Montsec, Nonsard-Lamarche, Richecourt, Varnéville, Vignuelles-lès-Hattonchâtel, Xivray-et-Marvoisin.
It will be lifted after 21 daysif no suggestive sign of avian influenza is detected in the holdings.
In order to protect farms of poultry from potential contamination by wildlife, several measures must be observed. Biosecurity measures (strict respect for sheltering birds) have been reinforced and certain activities related to the keeping of birds (gatherings, decoy movements, game bird releases, racing pigeon competitions) have been restricted.
The prefecture requests do not approach or feed wild birds, especially in the control area. Also be careful around lakes, ponds, ponds and rivers where wild birds are stationed, “due to the possible presence of viruses in droppings and soiled soil”, explains the prefecture.
As a reminder, the consumption meat, foie gras, eggs and more generally any poultry-based food product poses no risk to humans.
Any death of wild birds in this area, without obvious cause, must be reported to the Departmental Directorate of Employment, Labor, Solidarity and Protection of Populations by e-mail at the address [email protected]. Under no circumstances should you touch them.
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