Faced with the detection of several cases of avian flu in seabirds in Hérault, the prefect of Gard decided to set up a control zone in the town of Aigues-Mortes.
The bird flu virus continues to circulate actively. Several cases have actually been detected in seabirds, specifically gulls and terns in the Hérault. Faced with this, the prefect of GardMarie-Françoise Lecaillon, has decided to issue an order aimed at setting up a new temporary control zone in the department. Only one municipality is affected by it. This is Aigues-Mortes.
The measures deployed inside this control zone
Inside this temporary control zone, several measures are deployed, in particular a strengthening of biosecurity measures, reinforced monitoring of farms and an adaptation of hunting activities calling for waterfowl and feathered birds. Their objective: “to protect poultry farms from potential contamination by wildlife”, indicates the prefect of Gard in a press release.
Do not approach wild birds in Aigues-Mortes
Marie-Françoise Lecaillon recalls that “the general public, and especially the owners of poultry farms or poultry farms, must avoid frequenting wetlands where wild birds roost, including in their absence, due to the possible presence of viruses in droppings and soiled soil; it is requested not to approach or feed wild birds, especially in this area. »
Dead wild birds must be reported
Besides, the surveillance of the wild area is reinforced and the prefect of Gard emphasizes: “Any mortality of wild birds without obvious cause in this area must be reported to the departmental branch of the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB). This can be contacted by telephone on 04 66 62 91 10. As a reminder, avian influenza is not transmissible to humans through the consumption of poultry meat or eggs.
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