France have now raised its treat level of bird flu to ‘high risk’ and restrictions are now in place. The strain of the virus has been found in farms in Southwest farms and in wild ducks in northern france.
The decision to put the country at high risk has come from a ‘rapid change in the ...situation in France and in several European countries.’
Poultry farmers in France will now have to keep their flocks indoors and away from contact with wild birds.
As reported last week Ireland is at risk of an outbreak of the disease should it reach the UK. Which sources in the poultry sector believe it will. Migratory birds are known to be carriers of the virus.
If an outbreak did occur in Ireland it could lead to potentially thousands of birds being culled. The H5N8 strain has not been detected in humans unlike the Japenese strain.
You can read our recent interview with the IFA’s poultry spokesperson Nigel Renaghan.
[additonal reporting Reuters]