France raises risk level from bird flu

2023-12-05 09:14:37, Kosova & Bota CNA

France raises risk level from bird flu

"France has raised the risk level for bird flu from 'moderate' to 'high' after identifying new cases of the disease," the Ministry of Agriculture said on Tuesday, forcing farms to keep the birds. indoors, to prevent infection.

Avian influenza, often known as bird flu, has resulted in the culling of hundreds of millions of birds worldwide in recent years.

It usually spreads in autumn and winter and has been identified in many European countries in recent weeks, including Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

France said last week that it had identified the first case of the virus in the northwest of the country.

The increased level of risk means that all poultry must be kept indoors and additional protective measures must be taken to avoid the spread of the disease.

Although the group of birds does not cause damage to food, its spread is a concern for governments and the poultry industry, due to the damage it can cause to poultry flocks, the meat trade and eventual transmission to humans./ REL

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