Health'Big Crisis': Avian Influenza Accelerates in the Southwest

‘Big Crisis’: Avian Influenza Accelerates in the Southwest


Mass pollution. Bird flu, which reappeared in the Southwest in early May, continues to accelerate its progression: more than 50 outbreaks have been registered on duck and poultry farms, especially in Gers.

“We are in control of a huge crisis, a real viral fire”, Bernard Malabiradé, president of the Gers Chamber of Agriculture, where 41 bird flu outbreaks have been counted, told AFP. In neighboring Landes, 16 outbreaks have also been identified, according to a prefectural press release issued on Monday, May 22, which clarifies that “More than 250,000 animals have already been euthanized” in the department.

Nearly a million animals killed

According to the agricultural association Modef, since the beginning of the month, 900,000 animals have been slaughtered in the three departments of the Southwest, which makes “a big crisis, not just a resurgence of the virus”, promoted by Christoph Mesplede, vice-president of the trade union in Landes. in Gers, “the situation there is not good, it even got out of control”Bernard Malabiradé explains.

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“The virus, previously concentrated in the west of the department, is now spreading to the south”, the prefecture of Geras confirmed to AFP, citing the first cases detected near Landes in early May. The epizootic subsided in March and April, but resumed much earlier than usual.


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