Avian flu identified in Vitry-en-Artois, a control zone extended to nine municipalities

Nine municipalities in the Osartis-Marquion sector are affected by a system that until now only existed on the coast.

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The Pas-de-Calais prefecture indicates this Friday evening that the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI) has been identified on birds found dead in Vitry-en-Artois. Consequently, it decided, by prefectural decree dated this Thursday, July 7, the creation of a new temporary control zone (ZCT). This extends over the territory of the municipalities of Biache-Saint-Vaast, Brebières, Corbehem, Fresnes-lès-Montauban, Gouy-sous-Bellonne, Izel-Lès-Esquerchin, Noyelles-sous-Bellonne, Quiéry-la- Motte and Vitry-en-Artois. In addition, the temporary control zone implemented on June 8 for all coastal municipalities has not been lifted, new cases having recently been identified in this sector.

It is specifically requested not to approach wild birds, nor to feed and handle them, to avoid any risk of spreading the virus. All poultry, including backyard poultry, and any other captive birds must be kept indoors or under netting at all times. No live poultry and captive birds should be taken out of farms, commercial or non-commercial. Exemptions will be possible, after agreement of the departmental directorate for the protection of populations (DDPP) of Pas-de-Calais, mainly in the context of a direct transfer to a slaughterhouse.

Sale at the farm prohibited

The movement of people, domestic animals and vehicles within farms must be limited to what is strictly necessary. The DDPP organizes veterinary visits to each farm in the area to verify the strict application of sheltering and biosecurity measures. The state of health of the animals is systematically checked. The direct sale at the farm of slaughtered poultry and its products is prohibited. Breeders can, however, pursue their commercial activity by selling directly to consumers in open-air markets.

The temporary control zone may be lifted after a period of 21 days if no new sign suggestive of avian influenza is detected in the farms, and if no new case occurs in wildlife. The prefecture calls for the vigilance of all breeders, bird keepers and veterinarians, to do everything possible to limit the spread of the virus. Any mortality of wild birds in this area must be reported to the municipality concerned.

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Animal disease Animals State of health Vitry-en-Artois (62490, Pas-de-Calais) Brebières (62117, Pas-de-Calais) Biache-Saint-Vaast (62118, Pas-de-Calais) Izel-lès-Équerchin ( 62490, Pas-de-Calais) Quiéry-la-Motte (62490, Pas-de-Calais) Corbehem (62112, Pas-de-Calais) Fresnes-lès-Montauban (62490, Pas-de-Calais)

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