The French government has ordered poultry keepers across the country to keep livestock indoors amid regional outbreaks of avian influenza or bird flu.
“Since the beginning of August, 130 cases or outbreaks of avian influenza have been detected in wildlife or in farms in Europe, particularly on the shores of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, including three outbreaks in farms Germans,” said the French Agricultural Ministry.
There have been no confirmed cases of avian influenza in France yet but the risk level has been raised to prevent what happened in November 2020 – May 2021.
“The evolution of the avian influenza epizootic in Europe is leading us today to raise the level of risk and to take the necessary measures to guarantee the protection of our sectors. I therefore appeal to everyone’s responsibility. State services are and will be fully mobilized by their side, ” said Julien Denormandie, Minister of Agriculture and Food.
The ministry however said that avian influenza can not be passed on to humans through the consumption of poultry meat, eggs, or other byproducts but may kill off entire stocks
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