Infectious Diseases 2009

Infectious Diseases 2009

France: Low-pathogenic avian influenza in Ducks

16 November, 2009

Avian influenza infection was identified through active surveillance for avian influenza in breeding farms, in Saint Aubin du Plain (DEUX-SÈVRES). The flock in the farm do not show clinical signs. The virus strain was identified as low-pathogenic H5N3. The farm includes 9,000 ducks ready to be force-fed divided into three batches of 3,000 ducks introduced respectively on 15 July 2009, 22 September 2009 and 22 October 2009. All 9,000 ducks will be euthanized and destroyed. Cleaning and disinfection measures and then a 21-day sanitation process will be applied.
The epidemiological investigation showed that the virus has not circulated from the farm (no epidemiological related farm nor other farms in a 1-km-radius area).